- Posted January 28, 2014 by
Australia's Shark Cull
Australia's Shark Cull could turn into a diplomatic nightmare as people call on Australian Embassies worldwide.
Despite generating large protests within the country when it the cull was first announced, Western Australia's government decided to proceed with their plans to bait & kill sharks. This Sunday, the controversial plan made it's first victim, a 3 meter tiger shark. Caught on one of the bait hooks it was hailed to the side of the boat and shot 4 times in the head with a rifle before being dumped back out at sea.
This didn’t go down well with those opposing the cull, and the protests have now reached a new level with activists and the general public getting involved abroad.
After reports about the WA shark cull emerged in news outlets around the world thousands of people jumped on social media to protest it.
One Social Media campaign Save Misty https://www.facebook.com/Savemistythedolphin started a mission asking for people overseas to contact their local embassy or the WA's Premiers office if they lived within Australia and register their calls online ( http://fightittogether.com/mission/tell-australian-embassies-to-stop-culling-sharks ) to show their support.
Started only a few hours ago, the campaign already has hundreds of people on fire and as Australian embassies around the world reopen on January 28th it is expected that the number of people taking action and contacting local Australian embassies will rise putting Australia in a dilemma.
Over the past few years Tourism Australia has spent a great deal of money advertising the Best Job in the World to promote it's natural beauty and exceptional wildlife. Tourism is an important industry for the Australian economy with a value of approximately A$35 billion alone in 2011. Now all of that is in great danger as Australia is on it's way to become known as the ruthless killer nation that kills endangered species.
Photo credit: Manly Eco Divers