The administrative court ruled that the decision to cull sharks “was disproportionate to the aim of protecting human life”.
On Thursday December 28, the administrative court of New Caledonia ruled in favor of the “Ensemble pour planète” association. The association had called for a ban on the slaughter of sharks. The Nouméa town council had ordered systematic culling after several attacks, one of which was fatal. This concerned both tiger and bulldog sharks. The mayor’s argument was the protection of life. The administrative court ruled that this decision “was disproportionate (…) all the more so as no precise scientific study had been carried out to ascertain the state of the populations of the targeted species or the effects of such sampling on the environment”.
That’s what we call a slap in the face.