Sam Andrews reports on the results of Australia’s shark culling experiment. Share your thoughts on the topic with us.
Originally shared by Samantha Andrews
To cull or not to cull
Western Australia’s shark cull is over. It was a controversial move (http://t.co/27I3saoNIc) costing some A$22 million. Not surprisingly the WA Fisheries Minister Ken Baston has heralded the cull as a great success. “Oh really” asks Christopher Neff from the University of Sydney.
In this open access article that appeared in The Conversation a few days ago, Christopher takes a look at the official media statement and, summing up his argument in ‘5 take-home messages’ (below) explains why he thinks the policy should take on a new name: a ‘shark sham’.
Overview of Christopher’s 5 take-home messages
> The drum lines didn’t catch a single great white
> There is still no evidence that culling works
> The policy is about boosting public confidence
> WA loves science … but not scientists
> There is no community education plan
The article, which also includes links to the media statement released by the WA Government, is available to read here http://ow.ly/wH34Y .
Image: Taken directly from the article, and originated from Sea Shepherd
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