Campaign to Protect Sharks From Cruelty After Horrific Viral Video
A video has surfaced in the last few weeks of a living shark being dragged to its death behind a car in Western Australia, with the cameraman laughing as he films the appalling footage, before announcing 'he is done', as the shark dies.
The video was posted to the Fishing Western Australia Facebook group and has since been shared across social media, along with a second video showing an Australian youth punching a living shark on the beach. It is not known at this time if the videos are related, or if the perpetrator is the same person.
Western Australian Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly was quick to to condemn the actions of the people who recorded the video, mincing no words during a television interview when he said: 'Frankly, anyone who drags a shark behind a car is an idiot.'
The Western Australia (WA) Department of Fisheries is investigating the video, but reports suggest that the sickening behaviour may not result in a prosecution, as fish are apparently not covered by animal abuse legislation, as indicated in the same interview with the Australian RSPCA's Dave Van Oren as he said: 'we have to change legislation, they need to protection under the review of the animal act,'
According to various reports, these incidents are only the latest in a series of attacks agains sharks. A petition started by Care2 petitions already has over 132,000 supporters, and more may help persuade the government of Western Australia to include sharks and other fish in their protections against animal cruelty.
A similar case in Florida last year saw three fishermen prosecuted for dragging a live shark behind their speedboat.
The video of the incident below was sourced from YouTube, based on the original Channel 9 interview. The footage of the shark being dragged along the road is short, but unpleasant, and therefore viewer discretion is advised.