Put domestic violence ahead of shark mania
After following the opinions in the Times, I wish to wade into the debate.
Let’s all get some perspective here with this “problem” of sharks.
Since the year 2000, there have been 15 fatal shark attacks in WA, so that’s less than one a year — all tragic events, and terrible for the families involved.
As a contrast, on average, a woman is killed once a week in Australia from domestic violence. I was dumbfounded at this statistic, which means since 2000, more than 900 women have died.
I think the media, especially commercial TV, needs to take some responsibility in reporting a shark incident, but then not drag every previous tragic event back into the limelight just to sensationalise the story.
Let’s not also forget the last two men who decided to enter the water in Gracetown and were attacked were both made aware there was a big shark in the vicinity, and yet still decided to go out into the surf.
South West Safe Shark Group’s Keith Halnan suggested there was a lack of duty of care from a Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development vessel not to offer assistance to surfer Jason Longrass after he was attacked by a shark that he had been made aware of.
How much “help” can one offer to people who refuse to heed warnings? It is a choice to enter the water in this wonderful pocket of paradise, but let’s not forget that there are far more important issues in WA that need to be pushed out into public forums than safer surfing.