Thursday, August 2, 2012

Deaths spur French gov't to pay for shark hunt

PARIS (AP) ? France says it will pay fishermen who kill bull sharks in waters off the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion, following a spike in shark attacks and the death of a surfer last week.

Authorities described the financial incentives as unprecedented for the French-administered island and necessary to encourage shark killings.

The amount being offered is still being decided upon, but the money would likely be paid out per kilo of shark meat.

From 2000-2010 there were no shark attacks in the area and no need for culling.

But last week's tragedy, in which a 22-year-old died after a shark bit off his leg, was the seventh attack ? and the third fatality ? since the start of 2011.

Animal rights groups are criticizing the culling plans, calling it "extermination."


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