Man abuse great white shark – Jaws probably did more damage for great white sharks than any other piece of pop culture but it seems that attitudes are changing in recent years and the shark that once terrified people is finding a way into their hearts and worry for their survival is now common. This latest story seems to back that up!
Man abuse great white shark
So, what happened?
According to Discovery News a man has been issued a fine or jail for his part in abusing a great white shark in South Africa. The article says:
Leon Bekker of George in the Western Cape pleaded guilty to his contravention of various sections of the Marine Living Resources Act No 18 of 1988. He was charged with “fishing for, collecting, attempting to kill, disturbing, harassing, chumming or attracting using bait or other means, keeping controlling or being in possession of a white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) or part thereof, without a permit.”
He was sentenced to a fine of 120,000 South African rands ($13,200) or a year in jail.
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Bekker hooked a great white shark in front of onlookers. He and two others then dragged the shark onto the rocks, using both a large hook and also by placing their hands into its gills. The shark lay on the rocks while photographs were taken of Bekker with his catch. (You have to wonder if he was inspired by Go Daddy CEO Bob Parsons, who infamously shot an elephant and had photographs quickly snapped to capture the moment.)
Bekker said he had fought with the shark for over an hour and only had it laid out for 16 minutes. He said he believed the shark had died shortly after local marine biologist and shark conservationist Ryan Johnson had arrived and that it was in no shape to be returned to the water.
With less than 4000 left in the world it’s obvious to see why this magical creature needs some protection and why people can’t treat them like this. Of course ill treatment of any animal should not be taken lightly so personally I support this fine. I’m not sure about a year in jail but the fine, yes.
So, what do you think?
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