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“I felt sick because sharks have been around for 400 million years and it’s only been 50 years since humans have done such a good job getting rid of them.”
Four days ago, a group of sport fishermen from the Port Hacking Game Fishing Club, participating in a competition off Cronulla in southern Sydney, hooked a tiger shark nearly half a ton as big as their boat.
The men wrestled with the fish for nearly an hour before killing it and bringing it ashore for the mandatory victory photos.
Tigers are unprotected in NSW waters, so a fisherman can do pretty much whatever he wants.
Catch them, slide them on the board, belt them above the head. Take selfies.
Death is not pretty, of course.
And ocean and wildlife lovers lit up, as you can imagine.
“I had two reactions” University of Washington professor Jessica Meeuwig, who is the director of the university’s Center for Marine Futures, told The West Live. “I felt sick because sharks have been around for 400 million years and it’s only been 50 years since humans have done such a good job getting rid of them. And the other thing is that I felt sad, because a lot of recreational fishermen really love the ocean and they love the wildlife in it, and they probably weren’t aware that killing animals like that. is basically ocean vandalism.
Two years earlier, a ninety-pound eight-year-old boy from the same club spent an entire day riding a nine hundred pound Tiger twenty miles from Bondi.
“The majority of sharks captured are released,” he said. “With this one, the fisheries will take samples for research and the jaws will be cast in a plaque on the wall for Jayden. The rest is fish and chips.
He who is without sin, of course, throw your stones.
All these pretty little lambs, meowing like the babies they are, their throats slit, roasted in the oven, presented as a happy family meal; calves snatched from mother at birth for the calf, described like “the pale, tender meat of a very sick baby cow that was tortured to death.”
All the merry salmon and tuna we shear, panting on the decks of fishing boats or living miserably in dirty pens before stabbing our heads.
Male chicks thrown into slicers, useless, mostly for commercial purposes.
And so on.