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Australia to go ahead with shark 'kill' zones

Published on Jan 21, 2014 2:42 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - A controversial policy to catch and kill sharks off popular west coast beaches got the green light in Australia, in a move the Humane Society Tuesday termed a "complete disgrace".

The federal government granted an exemption from environmental laws to approve Western Australia's shark mitigation plan, which is aimed at reducing the risks to water users after six fatal attacks in the past two years.

It means baited drum lines with hooks designed to capture large sharks can be set 1km offshore at busy Western Australian beaches from now until April 30.

The state government has said that any shark longer than 3m snagged by the lines and deemed to be a threat - including great white, bull and tiger sharks - will be humanely destroyed.

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