Against shark culling? You’re not alone. Here are some of Australia and the world’s favourite celebs who have stated the importance of protecting sharks and ending culling.
“…magnificent creatures, the great white sharks…don’t go in the water if you don’t want to get attacked” – Karl states he is against shark culling whilst talking on the Today Show earlier this year
Not on above: ignore the ignorant interviewee, who clearly has no concept of how culling works or how ineffective it is.
The Hollywood star showed his support of the campaign against Australian shark culling in 2014, when Western Australia announced they were implementing a culling system along their coast. He was one of a string of celebrities to show support for this cause.
Photo: The Guardian
After her recent appearance in blockbuster ‘The Shallows’, Blake Lively has since turned to Facebook stating that she still believes sharks shouldn’t be hunted and killed, but rather, should be protected:
Leonardo DiCaprio has long been known as a passionate environmentalist. However, this passion has distinctly been focused on sharks in recent times. DiCaprio has recently launched a global campaign aimed at protecting sharks and rays from over-exploitation, called The Global Partnership for Sharks and Rays (GPSR), in which he explicitly states the killing and culling of sharks has detrimental effects on ocean ecosystems:
Sir Richard Branson
Following the shark attack involving Mick Fanning last year, influential business man Sir Richard Branson published a statement on why we need to put the issue of shark attacks in perspective, and not resort to culling. He stated:
“We need to introduce more shark sanctuaries, establish stronger global protections and tackle the demand for shark fin soup and other shark products. We absolutely do not need to kill more sharks.
Shark attacks on humans are extremely rare. I have swum with many species of sharks on many occasions, including tiger sharks and great white sharks. I have always found it a remarkable, peaceful experience, and I wholeheartedly believe they have no interest in humans as food.
By removing sharks from reef ecosystems, which have been swimming there for 440 million years, the natural food web is broken. Fewer sharks in the ocean results in less healthy coral, and therefore fewer fish, which damages food security, hurts the health of the ocean and reduces tourism dollars too.”
“I am very concerned about the status of sharks. Shark populations in the U.S. face significant threats, and I am so glad to see that the scientific, sport fishing, and animal protection communities are coming together under the SFMI to address this critical issue. We are responsible for the health of the oceans and I support the efforts of everyone involved to reverse this alarming trend. Sharks need and deserve our respect and protection. Hopefully, it is not too late. I encourage marinas everywhere to join this important project.” – September 2010