Sign The Petition

We encourage you to sign the petition, below, to indicate your support for the removal of shark nets throughout KwaZulu-Natal. By signing this petition you are agreeing that the practice of shark culling through the use of shark nets is archaic and a new approach that significantly reduces or eliminates shark casualties must be implemented.

Weziwe Thusi, MEC for Arts, Culture and Tourism

Professor Bonke Dumisa, KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Chairman

(With a copy to the local KZN mayors in municipalities with shark net installations)

Regarding: The installation of Shark Nets in KwaZulu-Natal

Dear Mrs. Thusi and Professor Dumisa,

We are writing to you to express our grave concern over KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board’s shark meshing program. It is especially disturbing in this day and age, with all we know about sharks – including their dwindling numbers, their critical role in our ecosystem, and the small risk they pose to us.

The destructive practice of killing sharks, and all else that come in contact with the indiscriminate nets, including dolphins, rays, and turtles, is an unnecessary and outdated practice that requires immediate examination as well as a short-term plan for termination. Consistent with the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Act of 2008, we insist the Sharks Board commit their primary efforts to improving the environmental impact of their activities; the nets are no longer an acceptable option. We believe through a public awareness and education campaign combined with new environmentally friendly shark management approaches, as those in the Western Cape have proven, all can peacefully coexist in the oceans.

Not only do the nets pose considerable environmental issues, but they also pose economic issues as live sharks are worth more than dead ones in tourism dollars and the existence of the nets is tarnishing South Africa’s worldwide image as a leader in conservation and shark protection.  

We understand the value of live animals – including sharks – to the health of our environment, South Africa’s economics, and the world’s ecosystems, and we believe these rewards far outweigh the risks. And thus, we support the removal of the nets. This is an issue that rests in the hands of the public – and we rightfully should be given a chance to make our own educated decisions.

Signed,

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 Signatures
Collected so far:
14401 signatures
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aneybiUSA
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Dean Van Leeuwen UK
 
Amanda greenUSA
 
Dave Farrer South Africa
 
Mario SuyolcuTurkey
 
Felicia HenkesUnited States
 
Kim VerbekeBelgië
 
Lisa GileUSA
 
Rich VenutiUnited States
 
Candice SeachSouth African
 
DONNE LUMPE 
 
Sofia BlumenthalArgentina
Please, stop using those nets.
Kylie Andrews 
 
Jacqueline CouplandSouth Africa
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laurent isaureUnited States
 
Jamie Wardell 
 
Alberto 
Humans should act more sensibly
Jean BUYLIerland
STOP KILLING THE EARTH !!!
Agi SzalontaiSouth Africa
We are visitors in the sea, let's stop killing animals who belong there
Jean-Marie LaurentSwitzerland
 
antonello fumagalliItaly
 
Alan AkkerSouth Africa
 
wpedpvdoUSA
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Kerry WettonSouth Africa
 
Samuel MATTONPolynésie française
 
jeff tutinUK
 
GuidoSouth Africa
 
Brendan Mclaughlin-Kingsouth africa
Take Out Those NETS !!!!!!!
Guy Bishop South Africa
 
Darryl BeckerSouth Africa
no creature is more important than a human. we all have a right to be here.
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