Actor Ricky Gervais took to Twitter this weekend to protest against the newly imposed shark cull in Western Australia.
“I love everything about Australia,” wrote the funnyman mostly known for creating and acting in the hit series “The Office”. “The people, the attitude & especially the wildlife. Please protect your sharks. They were there first ”
The tweet was published just a day after the first large shark was captured, shot and dumped off the Perth shore as part of a government approved cull for tiger, bull and white sharks over 10 feet long. The cull aims to reduce the shark population by the Western Australian beaches, where seven people were fatally attacked by sharks in the last three years.
The cull has been received with controversy with environmentalists claiming there is no proof that it will actually reduce the shark population and it might create a false sense security to beach goers, making the situation even more dangerous.
“To think that we’re wasting this opportunity to tag and to find out more about these creatures, that we’re just going to slaughter them and dump them — it’s just such a waste of life,” said Rae Threnoworth, member of marine conservation group Sea Shepherd, in a television interview.
Western Australia’s state premier Colin Barnett has responded to the controversy by stating that his priority is to protect people at his state’s beaches.
Meanwhile, Gervais suggested via Twitter a middle ground they could reach.
“You can kill any shark that gets out of the sea and starts killing us in our natural habitat of streets and pubs and internet cafes. Deal?”
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