Along with conservation group Sea Shepherd, Sharon Burden, the mother of a young man killed by a shark appeared in Western Australia's Supreme Court to sue the government over the ongoing shark cull, a program that has been called unscientific and vehemently opposed by many. WA Today reports:
Dr Sharon Burden and Sea Shepherd Australia lodged a judicial review, through the WA Environmental Defenders Office, in the Supreme Court on Wednesday morning, calling for an immediate injunction to suspend the use of 72 drum lines off WA's coast. In the application against the State of WA, the WA Premier and the Minister for Fisheries it states that the respondents "have at material times acted in prima facie breach of the Fisheries Resources Management Act."
The coalition claims that the cull is breaking the law that protects great white sharks. The judicial review is set for hearing at 2pm on March 4.
Burden's son, 21-year-old Kyle Burden, was killed near Dunsborough, Western Australia, in 2011 by a shark while bodyboarding.
Burden has previously spoken out against the controversial cull: