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Thousands rally against shark cull in Australia

Published on Feb 1, 2014 12:15 PM

SYDNEY(AFP) - Thousands of people rallied across Australia on Saturday against a controversial shark culling policy designed to prevent attacks, saying killing the marine animals was the not the answer.

The controversial policy to catch and kill sharks off popular west coast beaches was given the green light last month after six fatal attacks in the past two years.

It is aimed at reducing the risks to water users and allows baited drum lines with hooks designed to capture large sharks to be set one kilometre offshore at busy Western Australian beaches for a trial period until April 30.

Any shark longer than three metres snagged by the lines and deemed to be a threat - including great white, bull and tiger sharks - will be destroyed, with the first casualty reported last week.

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