Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has described the distressing scenes of sharks being caught and one being killed after spending this morning with Sea Shepherd observing Colin Barnett's brutal shark cull policy in action.
"During our time on the water, it was disappointing and distressing to see a large shark caught, shot, hauled onto the Department of Fisheries boat taken out to sea and dumped. We also saw two smaller sharks caught on drum lines," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.
"One of the smaller sharks was brought on board the fisheries vessel and taken further out to sea for release. It looked very disorientated on its release, having spent hours on a hook and being taken out of the water. Another shark came off the hook as the drum lines were being checked.
"Having watched what happens, I have no doubt that an untold number of sharks have died after being released from drum lines since this cull began.
"This is clearly a wasteful, destructive and cruel policy. The death and injury of smaller sharks is further proof that the WA Government is failing in its commitments to minimise the impact of the cull.
"This visit further emphasises the importance of the Greens' bill to stop the WA shark cull and prevent the Environment Minister from misusing environmental protection laws in years to come.
"It is no wonder that the people of WA are so horrified by the Premier's actions. This cull is a shameful mark against the governments of Colin Barnett and Tony Abbott," Senator Siewert concluded.