Earlier this week a male teenager in Australia was killed by a great white shark while being drug by a boat on the ocean. This has sparked anger from the general public, and has led to South Australia's acting Premier Kevin Foley to grant an exception to the law prohibiting the killing of such sharks. However, the boys family wants the animal to be spared
The young man's father, Philip Peterson, said the state government should electronically tag sharks known to enter metropolitan beaches, rather than kill them.
"We acknowledge that the sea is in fact the shark's domain and we don't, and I certainly personally don't, advocate the indiscriminate killing of any shark," he told ABC radio.
"In this case I gather it's a white pointer or white pointers but at the same time we would like to see funds provided to make our beach safer consistently without argument."
He said his son was well aware of the danger of the sea and the threats posed by sharks, but knew they were animals to be "admired, appreciated and respected".
While the shark can't be morally
blamed for killing the boy, it is still at fault. The public's outrage is absolutely justified, and this shark should certainly be killed off. Mr. Peterson's advocacy in favor
of the shark is chilling; and it certainly wouldn't be indiscriminate
to kill the beast. His position is reminiscent of the biologists I have seen who attribute sharks killing people to a case of "mistaken identity", which we should humbly excuse.
This is altruism of the lowest order, the elevation of the non-human over the human. The ocean (and the Earth, for that matter) is not the domain
of any creature, save man. Once an animal becomes a threat to human beings, that creature should no longer be tolerated - it should be hunted down, or otherwise restricted so that it can not inflict harm upon human beings.
POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 10:17 AM