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April 15, 2021

Byron voices outrage over WA shark cull

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  1. The things ‘celebs’ will do for a bit of publicity! I’m not one of the ‘love thy shark’ aficionados. A good regular culling keeps the species under control, ensures greater safety for our swimmers and enhances our tourist attraction – 3 good reasons that beat all that emotionalism.

    • Jon, I do realise from previous posts that you are some kind of conservative provocature. Just becasue you say something is true doesn’t make it so (same goes for your mate Tony Abbott). I have 2 science degrees, and I can assure you there is no scientific proof for your outrageous statement. Sharks are an apex predator, if you remove or severely reduce an apex predator from an eco-system, it will have a detrimental effect on the entire eco-system. If people are scared of sharks, they shouldn’t swim in the sea. Speaking as a local tour operator, I fail to see your point about tourism.

  2. Phew Jon……shall we cull a few humans just to keep the species under control? What an ignorant statement………and enhancing our tourism image; I beg to differ….I am sure the rest of the world look at us as the rednecks we appear to be under this government! We should hang our heads in shame. As for the emotionalism, I am glad that things like our wild animals stir my emotions. And now to you Jon, you sound to me like one of the aforementioned rednecks…….culling the Great White Shark? Please, have some respect. Hands off our sharks, they belong to the world.

  3. A few comments Jon. If the ‘celebs’ are just after publicity, they must in fact be liars or hypocrites. Any evidence to support that? And what of the ‘general public’? Presumably ignorant dupes, unlike you, Jon.
    You think ‘a good regular culling keeps the species under control’. Any evidence for that? How do you keep great white sharks ‘under control’? You say it ‘ensures’ greater safety for swimmers. ‘Ensures’? Really? Any evidence for that? You say it ‘enhances our tourist attraction’. Any evidence for that? Seems to me it would seriously damage the image we have created for ourselves over many decades.
    Otherwise, your comments are worth considering. Very briefly.

  4. Yes Jon, let’s take emotion out of it. The Planet’s human population is out of control and the population explosion is resulting in the extinction of so many plant and animal species….. nature and the environment – the things that are most important to the survival of the Planet are under threat from the over abundance of humans.

    This is where a cull makes sense…..it will be a big one….we need to rid the World of about 5 or 6 billion humans.

    Who will be in a position to handle the human cull? Obviously can’t rely on sharks- too inefficient…..we need something further up the food chain….ah yes, humans!

  5. Same old responses from the usual suspects. Interesting how easily ad hominems get chucked around by such people in their outrage when someone says something that disagrees with their cherished notions.


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