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Protesters slam shark culling programme

Saturday, Feb 01, 2014 - 00:45

Feb. 1 - Animal rights activists gather to denounce controversial programme to cull sharks off coast of Western Australia. Julie Noce reports.

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"We know the risks. Leave the sharks alone!" Thousands of animal rights supporters filled the beaches of Australia Saturday to condemn a controversial shark culling programme. Officials in Western Australia have begun baiting drum lines off the shore at the state's most popular beaches. The traps are only meant to catch sharks three metres or larger, but opponents of the measure say other marine animals are being put at risk too. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SEA SHEPHERD CONSERVATION SOCIETY BOARD MEMBER, KATE FAEHRMANN SAYING: "Drum lines are indiscriminate killers, they'll kill sharks whether they're two metres, one metre, three metres or more. As well as dolphins and turtles and other things. That's why the community doesn't want it." The culling programme was introduces after seven fatal shark attacks in Western Australia in the past three years.

Protesters slam shark culling programme

Saturday, Feb 01, 2014 - 00:45

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