For the Australian government, the string of fatal shark attacks for the past few years were enough. Officials have ultimately decided to allow the hunting of Great White Sharks spotted in designated kill zones.
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Coastal communities and businesses received the news positively. They said the recent attacks have paralyzed their business effectively. People were afraid to come near the waters. This government action can bring back the robust activities they once have.
Colin Barnett, the current Premier of Western Australia, aired his support for the program. “The safety of human life and beachgoers must come first,” he remarks.
Conservationists were obviously dismayed by the decision. Australian Greens senator Rachel Siewert said, “Measures based on the capture and killing of a threatened and protected species is not a responsible step.”
Officials assured the public that only licensed hunters may kill the sharks. These words though may not sit too well with the majority. One regular surfer said, “I want to be in the ocean, and I’m going into their home and I know that I would never want to kill them for it. That’s the risk you take when you go into the water. You know that’s their home and you can’t take that away from them.”