Shark Cruelty

Essay by hannahfirthHigh School, 10th gradeA, September 2013

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Shark Cruelty Should Be Banned

There are over 500 species of sharks and they exist in every marine eco-system. They've been known as the apex-predator for millions of years and now they're being eliminated by a relatively new apex predator in which they have no natural protection against, the human. The Western Australian Government has announced a plan to cull Great Whites that come near beaches, this is costing them over 9 billion dollars, ---that you pay. As well, millions of sharks a year are being caught illegally for food, skin and being used for products, such as wallets, bags, their liver oil is being used for your skin and cosmetic products, cartilage ground down for medicines and tablets, jaws for tourists and for show, teeth for jewellery and fins for soups. We are wiping out innocent animals by the millions, animals that can't speak for themselves, animals that are becoming close to extinction.

Sharks do attack humans, yes. Sharks have killed people before, yes. But does that mean we should cull every shark that comes near a beach, of course not and why? Well firstly sharks don't eat and hunt humans, we aren't part of their diets. They have poor eyesight when looking up at the waters surface, well bad sight all together. Humans are mistaken to be animals that sharks do prey on such as seals, large fish or turtles. When the shark bites a human it spits it out and swims off straight away because they realise that what they just bit wasn't what they thought it was, it wasn't food.

If you're so worried about being attacked by a shark and want them all dead don't go into their environment, the ocean is their home, it is where they live, it is where they nurse their...