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“Death to sharks,” says French gov.Posted 02 Aug 2012, by STABmag
Not only have French fishermen been given the go ahead to openly hunt sharks off the coast of Reunion Island, the government has agreed to pay them for it. The decision comes following several attacks off the island in the last 18 months, most believed to have been committed by Bull Sharks, killing three people. The most recent of which came last week when a 22 year old surfer had his leg bitten off.
Fishermen were originally offered two euros ($US2.46) per kilogram (2.2 pounds) of dead shark. But that is expected to go up after a spokesman for the French Overseas Ministry said the sum was too little. Animal rights groups are outraged by the decision, calling it a legalized “extermination.”
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