Animal lovers were outraged when a whale shark was dragged around a town on the back of a pickup truck in China…
Whale sharks are slow-moving gentle giants of the sea and they are the largest known extant fish species.
Whale sharks generally travel the oceans alone and are believed to live up to 130 years.
But unfortunately, the life of this beautiful creature was cut short.
The fishermen brought the shark’s carcass to a restaurant and made an offer but the manager refused to purchase it — not because it was a protected species, but because it was “too smelly” and too full of mercury to eat.
As a result, the fishermen decided to cut the shark up — right in the middle of the city … believing it would be easier to sell in pieces.
Whale sharks are heavily protected internationally but they are still in danger because they are highly valued in international markets with a demand for their meat, fins, and oil.
Unregulated fisheries and accidental capture (bycatch) of the giant sharks are a threat to the species.
Whale shark tourism also poses a threat because it can interrupt their feeding and the sharks are injured by propeller boats.
We must stop celebrating the protection of species until we are able to enforce that protection — because as you can see by these photos, there are people who don’t care.
We shouldn’t be shocked by things that happen every day … and that’s why we’re exposing our audience to what really happens until all this darkness is exposed.
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