France announces shark cull in Réunion

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The French government is planning to cull a further 90 bull and tiger sharks around the island of Réunion. The Huffington Post reports that this is in response to 5 fatal shark attacks that have occurred there since 2011 and that they have already culled 24 sharks. The government, which operates under French law, is claiming that the cull is for scientific research purposes, but Florida shark expert, George Burgess has labelled the killings as “an archaic, knee-jerk reaction that seems more borne of vengeance than of science.”