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Roger Price MP Federal Member for Chifley Chief Opposition Whip

Sign up to Save our Dolphins 22 June 2006

Federal Member for Chifl ey, Roger Price has released a petition calling on the Federal Government to step in and put and end to the inhumane slaughter of dolphins in our northern Australian waters.

“A very shameful practice is occurring. The fact that it’s taking place on our doorstep “A very shameful practice is occurring. The fact that it’s taking place on our doorstep makes it our responsibility to take action to stamp it out” Mr Price stated. makes it our responsibility to take action to stamp it out” Mr Price stated.

Currently, foreign illegal fi shermen are using dolphins as bait when trawling for their catch Currently, foreign illegal fi shermen are using dolphins as bait when trawling for their catch in our waters. This method of fi shing sees the slain dolphin’s remains hooked intermittently in our waters. This method of fi shing sees the slain dolphin’s remains hooked intermittently along fi shing lines of approximately 3 to 4 kilometres long. along fi shing lines of approximately 3 to 4 kilometres long.

This method of fi shing is used for catching sharks to take shark fi n and sell it into the This method of fi shing is used for catching sharks to take shark fi n and sell it into the booming Asian market. This, in itself, is a barbaric practice. booming Asian market. This, in itself, is a barbaric practice.

Literally hundreds of dolphins and countless sharks have lost their life in this way. Literally hundreds of dolphins and countless sharks have lost their life in this way.

“2005 saw an estimated 78,000 illegal fi shermen enter and exit our waters taking all “2005 saw an estimated 78,000 illegal fi shermen enter and exit our waters taking all varieties of marine life, stripping our coasts bare. In 2006 it looks like we are going varieties of marine life, stripping our coasts bare. In 2006 it looks like we are going backwards” Mr Price continued. backwards” Mr Price continued.

The Government has a wilful neglect of our maritime borders and has allowed this national The Government has a wilful neglect of our maritime borders and has allowed this national disgrace to continue. Our borders are porus and are allowing anyone to enter and do what disgrace to continue. Our borders are porus and are allowing anyone to enter and do what they like without fear of being caught. they like without fear of being caught.

“Everyone who signs this petition is sending a message of condemnation to a Government “Everyone who signs this petition is sending a message of condemnation to a Government too lazy, incompetent and arrogant to protect our borders and marine life and especially too lazy, incompetent and arrogant to protect our borders and marine life and especially our dolphins” Mr Price concluded.

Petitions have been mailed to residents across Chifl ey however additional copies are available from Mr Price’s electorate offi ce: Shop 6, 15 Cleeve Close, Mount Druitt or on (02) 9625 4344.