Heal Our Planet Earth
Queensland Ozzie Politicians Plan Shark Attack
by Captain Paul Watson

Just when we were thinking it was becoming safe for sharks to be in Australian waters, the Queensland government in an incredible display of ecological insensitivity has proposed a shark fin fishery in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and in marine parks in Queensland waters.

The practice of shark finning is the most nonsensical, ecologically destructive, and unethical fishery in the world.

Australia is supposed to be one of the most ecologically aware and proactive nations in the world. What are Queensland politicians thinking?

Over 90% of the world's sharks have already been eradicated from our oceans and this bodes ill for the ecological integrity of marine eco-systems.

Queensland wants to issue licenses to take an unlimited number of sharks in what amounts to an extermination policy against these essential and magnificent creatures.

This announcement has come just as Rob Stewart's award winning film Sharkwater opens in Australia. This film which features the Sea Shepherd efforts to stop shark finning is raising awareness of the plight of sharks worldwide.

Recently Rob Stewart met and spoke with Andrew McNamara, the Queensland Minister for Sustainability and Climate Change. It was a promising sign that Mr. McNamara attended the Brisbane premiere of Sharkwater.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has been defending sharks in the Galapagos, Ecuador, Cocos Island, Costa Rica and Malpelo Island off Colombia. The last place we thought we would need to intervene to protect sharks would be Australia.

Recently the media has been sensationalizing shark attacks despite the fact that on average only 5 people a year are killed by sharks whereas ostrichs are responsible for killing an average of one hundred people a year making the ostrich twenty times more dangerous than the shark.

Yet as our media cries that humans are victims, we slaughter between 70 and 100 million sharks each year and we are presently waging a war of extermination on an apex marine predator that has existed on this planet for 450 million years.

Is a bowel of sharkfin soup worth the irreparable ecological damage we are doing to the world's oceans?

I would urge all Australians to go see the movie Sharkwater. It is the first film to tell the truth about sharks and it is a film that is going along way towards protecting these wondrous and unique family of animals

Comments by Anthony Marr

When I first glanced at the title of the article below, I thought Paul meant something else. When I found out that it was shark-finning, I had a hard time believing it, though I'm sure it's true. I'm having trouble reconstructing the pathway by which such an unbelievably assinine decision could have been made.

To the Australian and Queensland governments:

"As a Chinese Canadian activist, I would like to advise the Australian and Queensland governments that their policy to open and promote shark finning in Australian waters is in direct contradiction to our campaign to educate the Chinese people to end shark fin consumption, as well as the people of the world to be very sensitive to marine ecosystems under global warming. There will be a worldwide campaign against your insensitive move. Action by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to contravene or intervene will receive the support of the compassionate and enlightened sectors of the Chinese Canadian community, as well as the Chinese communites in the United States. I ask these governments to prevent such conflict by reversing the decision. Thank you."

Anthony Marr, founder and president
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)


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