Another dumb idea: Shark Culling

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It seems any time a problem arises where animals are involved, all some people can come up for a solution involves killing the animals.

It’s simplistic. It takes very little thought, or little more than a tree stump can develop. And of course, for those who enjoy killing things as a pastime, it’s right up their alley.

It’s happening in Hawaii and Australia, where recent shark attacks have government officials turning to mass killing. God forbid any drownings might occur in these regions, or officials will call for the oceans to be drained.

Of course, everyone who enters the Earth’s oceans knows about the risks involved.

An editorial posted on The Conversation website offers some important information, including the following:

So often the argument in favour of a cull comes down to the emotional question of who is more important: a human or a shark. Rather, we need to ask the question, will culling sharks actually reduce the risk of an attack?

The answer is no. In fact, when shark culling was carried out in Hawaii, between 1959 to 1976, over 4,500 sharks were killed and yet there was no significant decrease in the number of shark bites recorded.


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Six new animal-welfare bills signed into law in Hawaii

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On Wednesday, Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed six bills into law, all designed to protect animals. Hopefully, more states will follow Hawaii’s lead and the growing trend to protect animals in other states. While the progress is slow, we are seeing movement in the right direction – a movement to the side of compassion.

A KHON 2 article reviewed each of the six laws, noting one bans steel-jawed traps. Another law will help punish those who run puppy mills. For anyone found guilty of misdemeanor animal cruelty involving at least 10 animals, the penalty will bump up to the felony level. And the guilty party could get up to five years in prison. They will also be banned from possessing animals for up to five years.

The ban should be for a lifetime – or at least far more than five years. So I do have a problem with this provision.

Law enforcement animals will gain better protections; pet deposits will allowed for tenants with pets and a system will be in place to allow for the collection of restitution funds to help local animal welfare groups care for abuse victims.

We do need to see more severe criminal penalties imposed across the board, at the state and federal levels. Those who abuse animals should not walk free and those found guilty in more extreme cases should spend a lot of time behind bars.


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