Australian shark cull starts after seven deaths: First animal is killed off coast in cull to prevent fatal attacks

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UPDATED: 14:46, 27 January 2014

  • Western Australian government has placed baited hooks on drum lines to kill white, bull and tiger sharks over 10ft long
  • Policy comes after there were seven fatal attacks in the past three years
  • The first shark was killed by a government-contracted fisherman
  • Animal was shot off Castle Rock, near Dunsborough and dumped at sea
  • Activists threaten to sabotage drum lines and demonstrate against cull

A large shark was killed off the west Australian coast on Sunday, the first under a contentious new state government culling policy aimed at curbing fatal shark attacks.

The Western Australia government on Saturday began placing baited hooks on drum lines off popular beaches in the state capital Perth and to the south to kill white, bull and tiger sharks over 10ft long.

The policy is a response to seven fatal shark attacks in Australia’s southwest in three years.

Government spokesman Simon Beaumont said the first shark was killed by a government-contracted commercial fisherman on Sunday morning off Castle Rock near the town of Dunsborough, 155 miles south of Perth.

The shark was longer than three meters (10 feet) and was one of the three targeted species. Beaumont would not say which of the three species it was.

Once the fisherman had confirmed with fishing authorities that the shark was the required species and size, he shot it and dumped the carcass at sea, Beaumont said.

The policy has divided the community since it was announced several weeks ago and led to thousands of people demonstrating on Perth beaches against the shark cull.

Activists have threatened to sabotage the drum lines and threatened one fisherman who had accepted a government contract to catch sharks off Perth. He pulled out, citing the threats.

Cull: The Western Australia government began placing baited hooks on drum lines off popular beaches in the state capital Perth and to the south to kill white, bull and tiger sharks (such as the one pictured) over 10ft long

The federal government last week gave state authorities a special exemption from environmental laws to kill white sharks, a protected species.

Environmentalists argue that there is no evidence that the cull will reduce shark attacks. They argue it could even increase the shark danger by giving water users a false sense of security.

‘To think that we’re wasting this opportunity to tag and to find out more about these creatures, that we’re just going to slaughter them and dump them – it’s just such a waste of life,’ Rae Threnoworth, member of marine conservation group Sea Shepherd, told Ten Network television.

State Premier Colin Barnett was heckled by members of the public over the shark’s death as he officiated at a citizenship ceremony in Perth on Sunday.

‘I get no pleasure out of seeing sharks killed,’ Barnett told reporters. ‘But I have an overriding responsibility to protect the people of Western Australia. That’s what I’m doing.’

News Link:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2546376/Australian-shark-cull-starts-seven-deaths-First-animal-killed-coast-cull-prevent-fatal-attacks.html

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Outrage Over Animal Cruelty Penalties

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Community outrage at the court results of animal cruelty cases has prompted a social media campaign for harsher penalties.

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RSPCA Tasmania launched the campaign on its Facebook page last night after posting the results of two recent animal cruelty cases  heard in Launceston.

In one case, two women from Perth were put on a 12 month good behaviour order but escaped conviction for failing to seek appropriate veterinary treatment for four kittens.

RSPCA Tasmania president Dr Paul Swiatkowski said most sentences imposed for animal cruelty were manifestly inadequate.

It’s hard to keep prosecuting and fighting for justice when the sentences don’t reflect the pain and suffering caused to the animal,” Dr Swiatkowski said.

The RSPCA and the Tasmanian public expect better from our justice system. When it comes to animal cruelty matters, the courts are clearly failing and in many instances sending the message that animals don’t matter.”

RSPCA business manager Allison Ball, who manages the Facebook page, said community outrage was clear every time she posted results of a court case on-line.

 Every time I post on the court results we get about 300 to 400 comments saying `what a dreadful result’,” Ms Ball said.

The social media campaign, titled Through the Eyes of the Law, urges people to email Attorney-General Brian Wightman to call for harsher penalties under the Animal Welfare Act.

As of this morning, the campaign post had been shared 289 times.

News Link:-http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1580229/outrage-over-animal-cruelty-penalties/?cs=95

Cat Set On Fire In Violent Act Of Cruelty

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A CAT has been set on fire in a “sickening” act of animal cruelty in Perth, the RSPCA says.

Inspectors were called to a property in the outer rural suburb of Henley Brook on Sunday after a woman reported the injured animal was in her garden.

She heard the cat crying and called the RSPCA, which took the animal to a veterinary clinic for emergency treatment.

The RSPCA said it appeared the cat was set on fire and also had a broken tail and other injuries.

The cat is on pain relief medication and is being treated for its injuries.

It follows other recent acts of animal cruelty including a horse that was shot with a shotgun, and a kangaroo and dog that were shot in separate incidents with an arrow.

“It is appalling that the RSPCA has investigated four deliberate acts of animal cruelty inside of three weeks,” RSPCA chief executive David van Ooran said.

Anyone with information about any of the incidents is asked to call the RSPCA’s cruelty hotline on 1300 278 3589.

News Link:http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/cat-set-on-fire-in-violent-act-of-cruelty/story-e6frf7kf-1226640608818

 

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