After so much sad stuff about the shark cull and drum lines in Australia, it’s nice to read this inspiring story about four Chinese businessmen who fought to get shark fin soup off the menu at government banquets.
While the shark cull continues in Western Australia, sharks and other fish are also victims of drum lines (traps with baited hooks that kill sharks and other marine life indiscriminately). Neither the “culling” of sharks nor the presence of drum lines is likely to prevent future attacks by great white sharks in Western Australia, but only weaken an already stressed eco-system by removing its apex predators and other marine life. Please take just a few minutes and send an e-mail to the Australian government to ask them not to extend the use of drum lines! After the e-mail information, you can also check out the list of suggested resources to include in your letter. (Thanks Melissa Michaelson for posting this on FB).
HOW TO SEND AN E-MAIL:
Urgent Time Sensitive Message from #noWAsharkcull
In March, the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) chose NOT to assess WA’s drum line policy because they deemed it to be of ‘very limited duration’ and so they said that it ‘will not have a significant impact on the environment’. This was when the policy was due to end on April 30th 2014, which has now changed with the Government asking for approval until 2017.
We only have 5 days to take action. You can help Stop The Cull by spending just 2 minutes of your time to submit a comment to the EPBC opposing the policy:
1. Email your comments opposing the WA drum lines to – email@example.com (Before Thu 17 April).
2. In the subject bar include the following “Comment on WA drum line referral – reference no. 2014/7174”
3. In the email include the full title and reference no, which are as follows:
Title: WA Department of the Premier and Cabinet/Natural resources management/off metropolitan & SW coastal regions of Western Australia/WA/Shark Hazard Mitigation Drum Line Program
Reference no: 2014/7174
4. Suggested comments and links to relevant information are listed below.
6. Now SHARE, SHARE, SHARE – we only have until Thursday 17th April to get as many people to comment as possible.
SUGGESTED COMMENTS/LINKS TO INFO. TO ADD TO YOUR SUBMISSION:
1. WHITE SHARKS ARE PROTECTED under WA and Australian environmental laws and several international agreements including CITES and CMS.
2. WHITE SHARKS ARE APEX PREDATORS, their roles are vital to keep the health of the ocean in balance. Removing a migratory apex predator from our marine ecosystem is likely to have significant impacts on the species composition and abundance of other marine life.
3. WHITE SHARKS ARE NOT PRESENT IN WA WHEN DRUM LINES ARE OPERATIONAL.
White sharks are the main target of the policy yet their population’s peak during June-August each year in WA, which is outside the proposed drum line operational period of November to April (see page 13 of DoF report -http://goo.gl/FbLBXm).
4. DRUM LINES ARE INDISCRIMINATE and will catch and kill other species including dolphins, turtles and non-target sharks. Almost all of the sharks caught so far have been non-target, undersized, tiger sharks.
This note of protest to NOAA officials and Barack Obama needs only 76 more signatures!
Please sign and share this petition to preserve existing shark conservation laws in Guam, Hawaii and the Northern Mariana Islands AND to say no to an insanely misguided proposal to “reduce shark biomass” by decimating already declining species of sharks in the Pacific.
Why is it that human beings so often seem to revere the symbolic embodiment of the animal to the thing itself? As Alice Walker once wrote, “Animals are forced to become for us merely images of what they once so beautifully expressed.” We can wipe out the grizzly bears in the wilds of California, while proudly displaying them on the state flag. In India, Ganesh, the elephant god ( “destroyer of obstacles”) is revered, yet the living embodiments of this divinity are treated like lowly slaves. Sunder, a captive temple elephant in India suffers incredible abuse at the hands of his captors, while his ostensible function as a holy mascot is to bestow “blessings” on human visitors.
When he traveled to India in 2012 Paul McCartney, whose animal activism is truly an inspiration, fought to secure Sunder’s transfer to a sanctuary.
However, the 14-year-old elephant is still chained, regularly beaten and forced to live in a chicken shed.
Today is the day that activists around the world are rallying to get Sunder to a sanctuary.
Please help! It only takes a few seconds to tweet, copy and paste a letter to the Indian consulate or sign a petition to free Sunder.
Although lobsters look like alien beings and live in a world, that despite all of our exploration and exploitation of it, remains “other” to us, science has proven that these strange and humble animals do indeed feel pain in ways quite similar to the ways we do. If you have never read David Foster Wallace’s essay Consider the Lobster, please do. Assigned to cover the Maine Lobster Festival for Gourmet magazine, DFW’s exploration of the orgy of butter and cracking claws and kitsch, becomes about something much more profound.
Dear Shark Friends,
It’s easy to get petition fatigue these days, but please speak out against this utterly pointless “monster” shark tournament.
The picture says it all.
Sign and share and help this petition get 1,000 signatures.
While I strive for at least some shred of originality in this blog, I wanted to ask again that you sign the gill net petition. Juvenile white sharks are getting caught in these underwater “walls of death” along with dolphins, whales, turtles and countless other species. 15,000 more signatures are needed so please share!
Humanity is exalted not because we are so far above all living creatures, but because knowing them well elevates the very concept of life.
The USDA has just busted SeaWorld for violating the Animal Welfare Act.
PLEASE sign this if you believe it should be illegal to keep orcas in captivity!