From top: Blue Shark; Robert Malcolmson (right) following his shark bite
Aran, the Animal Rights Network, have sent a message to shark hunter Robert Malcolmson, who was bitten by a blue shark while fishing off the coast of west Cork last weekend.
Aran founder John Carmody writes:
“Robert Malcolmson got off lightly and he’s lucky it wasn’t his whole arm that was severed.
While he will recover from his injuries, the lives of countless other living beings who are capable of feeling every bit as much pain are in his hands, but I hope they will no longer be in his sights.
As you reflect on this incident, we ask that you also give some thought to other living beings such as the interesting Blue Shark and smaller fish who feel pain just as you do.
Can you imagine how much they suffer when they curiously go up to your deceitful hook, latch painfully onto it, and sadly can’t let go.
I urge you to reconsider laying down your rod and instead work to protect these creatures who are in so much more trouble than you are at the minute.
If you wouldn’t hook a dog or cat, why do it to a shark.“
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A shark appears at a surf competition at Macauley’s Beach in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales captured by photographer Steph Bellamy yesterday.
“I took a shot, but as I stood up there was a splash and I thought, ‘what was that?’ and hit the button to take another photograph,” she said.
“Then I heard the judges say, ‘Wow, what was that?’ and I expanded the shot out so I could have a look and it was as plain as day there was a major photobomb from a beautiful creature of our planet. It was a shark, and quite a large one.”
She said the mums and kids were told to get out of the water, but 10 minutes later the competition resumed with the open men’s heat.
Thanks Mark Geary
A shark on Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork this morning.
Probably on its way to The English MaNOMNOMN
Earlier: This Just Swim