The Australian Greens have told thousands of protesters at Cottesloe Beach in Perth that the WA shark cull must end immediately, as drum lines along the Perth coast target threatened species and vulnerable marine life.
"This is appalling, cruel and illogical marine policy. The drum lines kill indiscriminately and we have seen sharks being brutally slaughtered off our beaches," Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said today.
"The Premier should admit he was wrong and end the cull immediately. The ocean is the sharks' home. We here recognise that. Mr Barnett should too.
"Globally treaties to protect sharks and recovery plans are in place but here Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt has granted the exception that allows this cull to proceed. What a disgrace from the person responsible for protecting threatened species," Senator Milne said.
Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens marine spokesperson, will present a petition to the Senate in the coming weeks containing the names of more than 79,000 people opposed to the cull.
"There has been a passionate response from people around Australia and around the world to this cull. The WA and federal governments will be held to account for reckless, knee-jerk policy making.
"Drum lines are indiscriminate and threaten a range of marine animals. We've already seen undersized sharks caught, and WA's other marine life is under threat.
"Rather than culling, we need renewed investment in research to better under sharks, their numbers and their behaviours, in order to develop evidence based, non-lethal methods to mitigate any threats they pose," Senator Siewert concluded.