Saturday, 9 July 2011

Shark Cage Diving - animal cruelty, human stupidity

Of all the things I have researched and written about for my forthcoming book Living Cruelty Free, shark cage diving or shark baiting has got to be the dumbest.

Yes, it's cruel because if sharks attack anyone they are usually hunted down and killed - just for exhibiting their normal behavior of eating flesh.

But it has also got to be the dumbest activity that any human being could engage in.

Shark cage diving is where people go inside a shark proof cage and are lowered into the water. They may throw in food to get the sharks to come to you. 

Sharks may also be lured by blod, meat and fish that's thrown into the sea so they will follow the boats. This is called chumming. Or, brainless stupidity.

The increase in shark baiting (well, that's what it is) has led to an increase in the number of shark attacks on humans, especially in South Africa where shark cage diving is considered a tourist attraction. Would you go and taunt a lion at the zoo? Nope.

So, why taunt sharks? Especially when it may result in the shark's death, and for what - eating what it considers to be a giant fish?

Shark cage diving is a tourist attraction in countries like South Africa and Asustralia.

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