Sharks cull in Australia as an example of moral panic


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According to Michael (2014) sharks have claimed the lives of seven people in the Western Australia coastline between the years 2010-2013. This led to the Western Australian government to come up with a policy to prevent further deaths in the coastline and the policy came to be known as shark cull in Australia. The policy led to capturing of 172 sharks which measured more than three meters long, 68 of which were killed (Gibbs & Warren, 2014). This followed a widespread public opposition of the policy which led the western government to abandon the policy last year. This essay argues that the response to shark attacks by the Western Australian government is an example of moral panic.