We are right in the middle of Shark Week, which has been shown annually on the Discovery Channel since 1988.

Some people-ok many people-are afraid of sharks.  My daughter happens to not be one of those people.  Since an early age she has loved sharks.  As a baby she wanted me to read her books with sharks in them.  She called them; “cute”.  As she has gotten older she no longer calls them cute; now she is concerned about what people are doing to them.  We just watched a video on that showed sharks and other animals caught in discarded fishing nets.  At 6, my child knows that this is wrong.

People need to take care of the ocean and the creatures in it.  The ocean is a beautiful, fragile ecosystem.  When we do things like throw fishing nets into it or spill oil into it, we are ruining it.  When we kidnap dolphins and whales from it and force them into places like SeaWorld, we are nothing less than kidnappers.  When we destroy the animals that make up our coral reefs; when we harvest sponges to use in our skin care routine; when we slice off the fin of a shark to make soup; we destroy ourselves.

Sharks may not be “cute”, but the fact is that we are more dangerous to them than they are to us.  Sharks are disappearing.  We worry about shark attacks, but it is the sharks that should be worried about us.


Author: Stacie M Stark

Activist with 25 years of experience in human and animal rights and welfare. Specializing in children's rights and issues, LGBT rights, and companion animal welfare and rights. Member and always will be of Amnesty International, Best Friends Animal Society, and PETA. Mom, queer, vegetarian. Hello Kitty and Disney Princess collector. Cat lover. Sagwa fan. I want to live at the public library.

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