88,000 signatures on petition against shark culling
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 27 March, 2014 - A national petition against Western Australia's shark cull with 88,160 signatures on it has been presented to the Senate by the Greens. Senator Rachel Siewert said it was clear there was huge opposition to the program, with word of it travelling far and wide.
Earlier this week, the party introduced a private members bill in the Senate seeking to end an exemption to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, granted by federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt, which allowed the cull to go ahead.
"The Greens are taking a stand in parliament," Ms Siewert said on Thursday. "We will work to have our legislation debated as soon as possible."
Earlier this month, WA's Environmental Protection Authority declined to formally assess the program despite receiving a record number of public submissions, while marine activist group Sea Shepherd failed in its bid to secure a Supreme Court injunction to force the state government to suspend the cull.