The photo of the grinning anglers with their "prize" — a 1,300-plus-pound mako shark — should make any caring person feel physically ill. While there are a handful of well-publicized shark attacks around the world each year, humans pose the much bigger threat. We kill an estimated 100 million sharks every year, as was made shockingly clear in the "Shark Attack" infographic online that went viral a couple of months ago.
Anglers may not want to hear this, but fishing is a cruel blood sport. Maiming and killing other living beings simply because we can — or because we want to — is just plain wrong.
The writer is a senior editor at the PETA Foundation.
For two minutes of fame on a reality show, these fisherman kill a mako shark that posed no threat whatsoever to any human being or beach. God only knows how many years this magnificent creature has roamed the seas to reach more than 1,300 pounds.