Make the Hunting of Sharks Illegal and Ban Images of Such Acts on Social Media

Make the Hunting of Sharks Illegal and Ban Images of Such Acts on Social Media

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Katie Crowther started this petition to Facebook and

As a marine biology student I am passionate about protecting the oceans and its inhabitants. Sharks have been swimming in the oceans for 450 million years. They are an essential part of the marine ecosystem and prevent ecosystem collapse. Unfortunately, humans have given sharks the role of the villain with no real justification. From films like Jaws to horror stories of isolated shark attack incidents, the killing of sharks has been wrongly justified.

Recently this issue has been brought to attention by a specific Instagram account based in Florida that depicts the murder of many sharks, including a video of shooting a shark. The justification of this is that sharks are 'pests' that are dangerous and by killing them there are more fish for humans to eat. This logic is completely unfounded and highlights a huge gap in the education of the public. There is no doubt that there are many more animal cruelty accounts like this. 

This petition calls for the hunting and killing of all sharks by individuals for any reason to be made illegal and for social media platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram, to ban and remove images and videos of this practice from their sites. Facebook has previously condemned and removed photos of trophy hunting: '"We remove reported content that promotes poaching of endangered species, the sale of animals for organized fight or content that includes extreme acts of animal abuse. Certain content, which some may find offensive, can be used to spread awareness, and we welcome dialogue about animal abuse, hunting, and other animal-rights issues." a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable.' Many species of shark are endangered and all species desperately need protecting for the health of the oceans. 

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