Sharks Have Been Misjudged Essay

630 words - 3 pages

I’m sure everyone here has seen jaws and heard that scary theme music that goes with it. Films like this have given a big reputation to sharks being dangerous and the threatening sea animals. The media also doesn’t help this! Today I will be arguing for the rights of these misjudged sharks and how this new “catch and kill policy” is totally wrong. I am sure that after this you will believe, like me and so many others that sharks are Jaw-some and should not be culled.
To start off I would like to update everyone on what the catch and kill policy is. This policy was introduced in Western Australia on January the 26th this year making it a fairly new policy. Western Australia’s premier Colin Barnett implemented this following 6 fatal shark attacks in WA over the last 2 years. Barnett’s plan, to kill any shark over 3 meters will involve 2 methods. The first one is setting drum lines which for those of you who don’t know are baited hooks attached to drums. These are located just 1 kilometre of the shores of WA which I believe are creating more hazards for boating enthusiasts. The second method is paying professional fishermen to catch the sharks. The fishermen are permitted to catch tiger sharks, bull sharks and great whites all in the designated kill zone areas.
This is atrocious considering great white sharks are an endangered species. 90% of the great white population has already been killed. There has been a great campaign for the sea turtle species which is also endangered, why should it be different for these poor sharks? In my opinion we should be trying to save the sharks not cull them.
I will admit there is a potential risk of being attacked by a shark but is culling really the best option. Marine advocates and scientists have been attempting to persuade Colin Barnett into not...

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