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Thousands expected to protest against WA shark-kill policy
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2014, 11:31:21 AM »
Thousands expected to protest against WA shark-kill policy         
  • 1 day ago January 02, 2014 
     
MORE than 6000 people have registered interest in attending an anti-cull rally this weekend against the State Government's catch-and-kill shark policy.

Conservation groups and opposition politicians will speak at the protest, which starts near the Indiana Teahouse at Cottesloe Beach at 10am on Saturday.

Simultaneous demonstrations are being planned at beaches on the eastern states, as well as at Broome's Cable Beach.

It comes as commercial fishers have until tomorrow to bid for the contract to manage and patrol the baited lines.

Up to 72 drum lines will be deployed one kilometre from the shore off Perth and the South-West between January 10 and April 30.
   
 More than 6000 people have registered interest in attending an anti-shark cull rally at Cottesloe Beach on Saturday morning. height=366   

More than 6000 people have registered interest in attending an anti-shark cull rally at Cottesloe Beach on Saturday morning.
     
Great white, tiger and bull sharks over three metres will be shot and discarded at sea under the $1 million plan, which was announced following the death of surfer Chris Boyd at Gracetown in November.

Western Australians for Shark Conservation (WASC), Sea Shepherd Australia and the Conservation Council of Western Australia will speak alongside the Greens' Rachel Siewert and Lynn MacLaren and Labor's Dave Kelly.

WASC has already confirmed it is planning to take "direct action" to ensure the drum lines don't catch sharks.

The Department of Fisheries warned anyone caught sabotaging the lines could be fined up to $25,000 or be jailed for 12 months.

     Thousands to join shark cull protest height=421Premier Colin Barnett holding one of the giant hooks that will be used to drum-line for large sharks along the WA coast.    WASC founder

Ross Weir said his group won't stand for the culling of endangered sharks and there were people "willing to intervene".

Mr Weir said it was not to WASC's advantage to reveal how the drum lines would be "neutralised", but confirmed it could include the cutting of lines.

Asked if he was prepared to break the law, he said: "Yes, we do have many members who are prepared to break the law. We do have many members who are prepared to intervene."

Asked if he would urge the public to take direct action at the rally, he added: "Yes, we will be asking the general public to take their boats and to go out there if they feel strongly enough about it."

He said volunteers would be made aware of the potential repercussions.

Another group, Animal Rescue Team, says they have boats and divers at the ready.

Spokeswoman Amy Lee said it would take "non-violent direct action", adding: "The only thing I can say is that we won't be wrecking any equipment. If anything, we will be checking them and quite possible taking the bait off them."


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