Tuesday, September 09, 2014

A Parable for Our Times

Just reported:

A man died from a shark attack Tuesday at Byron Bay in the state of New South Wales on Australia's east coast, according to local authorities. More than six people have lost their lives to shark attacks in the country over the past two years.
The man, who was believed to be in his 30s, was reportedly attacked by a two-meter black-finned shark...Police officials said that the man is believed to have died due to loss of blood from a bite on his right leg. 
Sharks are dangerous, nevertheless

Inspector Bobbie Cullen...said lifeguards were attempting to use a helicopter and jetskis to push the animal out to sea.
She said there was no plan to kill the shark, with great whites a protected species.

So, there are other methods including nets and if necessary, a catch-and-kill policy but 

protesters have pledged to be relentless in opposing the plan, which involves setting up to 72 drum lines at eight popular beaches in Perth and the southwest region. The latter will be monitored by a yet-to-be-revealed commercial fishing outfit.
The Humane Society has labelled it "a complete disgrace", while Greens MP Lynn MacLaren said Mr Hunt's decision made a mockery of environmental laws.

Someone tried to be reasonable:

We have rescued many threatened species, including two of the world's most fearsome predators, the great white and the saltie, but we have a right to protect human lives. Activists who seek to prevent lawful shark cull activities should be dealt with under the law.

But the activists are determined 

HSI continues to actively work to remove shark nets and drumlines through our campaigning and advocacy efforts, ensuring that this issue remains in the media and in the minds of politicians. We frequently meet with federal and state politicians to let them know our concerns about shark control programs.  More recently we have highlighted the issue of the WA shark cull as part of the unprecedented WA Senate election.

Our "sharks", the terrorists also seem to have the backing of protectionist groups, also merit a rather odd collection of activists, willing to sacrifice the security of normal people:

ACTIVISTS have risked fines of $20,000 by allegedly removing shark baits from drum lines in Western Australia's southwest as anger builds over the Barnett government's catch-and-kill policy, which snared its first shark at the weekend.
Ross Weir, president of lobby group West Australians for Shark Conservation, said yesterday that some people had risked their safety to remove the drum lines, which were laid about 1km offshore on Saturday.

This is a parable for our times here on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea.


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