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Show Of Hands February 9th, 2014 4:40pm

After recent shark attacks have killed surfers in Australia, the government there has begun hunting and killing great white, tiger and bull sharks more than nine feet long. Do you approve of their action?

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gatsbyxxv
02/14/14 7:59 am

It is inhumane. The correct thing to do is to educate the population so they will understand the dangers of swimming with sharks. It's really a question of who is more intelligent: the shark for the individual. Right now, it appears to be the shark!

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TierasPet
02/13/14 11:06 am

No, I approve of people staying out of the water. The sharks were there first.

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Mark2
02/13/14 11:24 am

That's an argument against using antibiotics against infections.

TierasPet
02/13/14 11:49 am

Killing the larger more dominant individuals of a species seems like unnatural selection. Also, people can swim in waters not infested with sharks while sharks can only live in salt water.

Mark2
02/13/14 4:22 pm

Not to my point, but then you aren't bound to.

cinchbaby
02/13/14 8:10 am

If someone comes into your house and you shoot them do you want their family to come in and start murdering every one in your house?

msa116 Pennsylvania
02/13/14 6:11 am

If a shark comes to my house and eats one of my family members I say hunt them. If you go to where they live and paddle around looking like thier favorite meal you deserve to be eaten.

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bonkerz
02/12/14 11:17 pm

It their OCEAN!!! No don't kill them...WTF

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kipply
02/12/14 6:30 am

The reason people in Louisiana agree to this is many people hunt aligators (aka swamp sharks) when they get too large

DeathSheep Michigan
02/11/14 6:24 am

That's like hunting pigeons because they crapped on your car...

junebug97
02/10/14 11:59 pm

We are meant to live in harmony. We know sharks are predators and we are their prey. Those surfers know the risk they are taking when they go out there. But you cant kill something because its doing something its instinct tells it to

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Mark2
02/11/14 2:53 pm

Oh yes we can. You wouldn't be here today if your forebears (not 4 bears) adhered to what you posted.

MattBlanchette Western Mass
02/10/14 9:26 pm

We're (humans) are in they're territory. We aren't meant to coexist with these predators, it's our own fault

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swiram
02/10/14 8:40 pm

Well it appears not many people have a basic understanding or biology/ ecology or can see how decisions can poorly affect the future

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cornybread The Large Malus Fruit
02/10/14 8:31 pm

Not unless there's no other way to keep them away. My understanding was that it's only necessary to kill a shark if it has attacked a human. But I learned that from the movie Soul Surfer, so I'm not sure how accurate that is... lol

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handshown The Midwest West Coast
02/10/14 6:52 pm

MMM Great White.
The other other White meat.

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themahcrow Louisiana
02/10/14 11:06 am

Disapprove. You're in the shark's home. If a shark came into your house you'd probably want to kill it too. I'm pro hunting by the way. But don't go into a shark's territory and cry when you're attacked. Take your licks.

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Matt1981 The Who Dat Nation
02/10/14 8:19 pm

I don't want to give a Louisiana boy a hard time but lets just take a look at it from a different angle. If you were in the woods and carrying a weapon, and a bear attacked you, would you use that weapon as a means to protect yourself, or would

Matt1981 The Who Dat Nation
02/10/14 8:21 pm

you simply throw the weapon down and chalk it up to, it's your own fault for being in his territory, or would you use the weapon to protect yourself? Same question except this time your 10 year old son is with you.

themahcrow Louisiana
02/10/14 8:40 pm

Of course you'd protect yourself and your child. I still think the idea of killing sharks because humans are in their territory is ridiculous. Don't get me wrong though... I won't lose sleep over it.

Matt1981 The Who Dat Nation
02/10/14 8:43 pm

My thing is that we hunt for meat and sport, but we also hunt if we have an overpopulation problem and it is causing issues to our society. Australia has an overpopulation issue when it comes to sharks, and they are hurting or killing people.

Matt1981 The Who Dat Nation
02/10/14 8:44 pm

Screw em. Thin the heard a little.

themahcrow Louisiana
02/11/14 6:43 am

There's also a over population of humans problem. I'm not advocating killing them though. I'm just saying you can't go into a predator's home and expect them to turn away because you feel superior because you're human.

bonkerz
02/12/14 11:24 pm

Maybe wildlife should turn on our over populated cancerous asses and trim us down. Seeing how we kill everything from land to ocean to air. Smh.

bridges2012 Oxnard, CA
02/10/14 7:11 am

People need to stay out of the water!

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Congressman Louisiana
02/10/14 8:21 am

It just surf at their own risk.

Matt1981 The Who Dat Nation
02/10/14 8:45 pm

Should people stay out of the woods to avoid bear attacks? Should we just confine everyone to gated subdivisions so that they will never interfere with nature?

MadCow True GOP
02/11/14 9:34 am

^ yes. Stay home.

bonkerz
02/12/14 11:25 pm

What makes this our planet!!!! We are so greedy and stupid.

Matt1981 The Who Dat Nation
02/13/14 10:14 am

Because what other species are going to take it from us?

ZeusRaindropz Living in Idiotland
02/10/14 7:08 am

They are tryin to survive. Just leave them alone. And isn't the president of Australia tye one who wants to destroy the Great Barrier Reef?

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bk45
02/10/14 5:41 am

Last I checked, the water is the sharks habitat. Who are we to punish them for our stupidity? It'd be as ridiculous as saying all sharks are going to come on land to kill all 6 foot men because they are capable if killing them. Morons

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KudosToYou California
02/10/14 4:50 am

www.adventure-journal.com/2013/04/infographic-sharks-vs-humans/

More people drown in Australia than are killed by sharks.

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Ebola1 Florida
02/10/14 8:16 am

What's your point? That has nothing to do with the question.

KudosToYou California
02/10/14 9:13 am

We kill enough sharks. I do not approve.

Ebola1 Florida
02/10/14 5:43 pm

You don't approve of people drowning or of sharks eating them? Which is it?

FemmeAdamWest in the Tardis library
02/10/14 11:21 pm

Ebola are you trying to play dumb because I'm pretty sure the point was clear even though it wasn't said outright.

MissN The Experiment
02/10/14 4:29 am

There's danger in every sport; the key is not eliminating it altogether, but learning how to navigate it and still play. That's why it's such an achievement,

KudosToYou California
02/10/14 4:50 am

You'll be sorry...

KudosToYou California
02/10/14 9:11 am

Imbalance in the ecosystem.

Matt1981 The Who Dat Nation
02/10/14 12:42 am

Sharks are top of the food chain in their world, and we are top of the food chain in ours. In my opinion there are probably better methods, but in the end I don't really care. I want my species to be protected.

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Matt1981 The Who Dat Nation
02/10/14 12:46 am

Furthermore they are not an endangered species by any means, and Australia does have a definite population problem. This isn't exactly breaking news they have pretty much always had a high number of shark attacks.

Matt1981 The Who Dat Nation
02/10/14 8:17 pm

Yes that's what I said "high"

Drathic Over Yonder
02/09/14 11:55 pm

Again, the policy is just to bring back tourists. Once it is old news, they'll stop killing sharks.

ry1206an Pawnee City Council
02/09/14 11:43 pm

A 6 foot man killed a burglar after he trespassed into the man's house, so now the government is going after every male 6 foot tall or taller and locking them in jail. Makes sense.

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Ebola1 Florida
02/10/14 2:13 am

The correct analogy would be to go after every 6' burglar. I agree!

funlover heart of it all
02/09/14 10:06 pm

Does this solution suggest that short sharks pose no threat to surfers? Yup it's logic at its finest. Sharks 2 -- humans zip.

Ebola1 Florida
02/10/14 2:11 am

I agree! Kill all of them!

WordNerd Mehsville
02/09/14 8:48 pm

So the sharks are being punished because the humans are swimming around in their world? Wow.

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Ebola1 Florida
02/10/14 2:12 am

Show em who's boss! That's what I say!

Gunfighter
02/09/14 8:23 pm

This is completely senseless unless they can prove that the sharks are overpopulated. This is tantamount to killing birds for flying.

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dominiclandry
02/09/14 10:17 pm

Flying birds don't kill people so it's not comparable at all.

Ebola1 Florida
02/10/14 2:14 am

Tweet, tweet!

KudosToYou California
02/10/14 4:53 am

Dogs and cows kill more people than sharks do, let's kill them.

Ebola1 Florida
02/10/14 5:20 am

We do.

KudosToYou California
02/10/14 9:12 am

On a case by case basis, we aren't going out and killing all the pit bulls and boxers.

Drathic Over Yonder
02/09/14 7:07 pm

They will never actually solve the issue of attacks with this method, and it will be a huge expense. Their policy here is directed more to make tourists feel at ease, so actually it is worth the expense.

Drathic Over Yonder
02/09/14 7:13 pm

I disagree with the policy in principle (for reasons above, not because I think we should save the sharks). However, the utility of the policy is just fine. So I voted that I disagree with the policy, only because I vote based on face value.

Drathic Over Yonder
02/09/14 7:14 pm

Also, I would vehemently oppose any policy that would destroy a species, so I guess I do care about the sharks in that respect. But to keep them at bay, well, sure.

HPNerd Hogwarts
02/09/14 6:51 pm

You've got to be kidding me.... That's the sharks' natural habitat! Get the hell off their turf and they won't hurt you!

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Mud Constitutionalist
02/09/14 6:26 pm

I'm not a tree huger by any stretch of the imagination nor a shark expert. They have applied a knee jerk solution to a problem that requires intelligent thinking.

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Jessica03 Maine
02/09/14 6:15 pm

Sharks belong in the water, humans do not.

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rnm Illinois
02/09/14 5:50 pm

To just go out and kill random potential dangers is ridiculous and does more harm than good.

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jrpacman Pensum iocus est
02/09/14 4:47 pm

Yeah guys come on, sharks are people too!

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dlaw4570
02/09/14 7:03 pm

No...sharks like people tooo...

MericaRules
02/09/14 4:38 pm

I am surprised at the results. How dare the government protect its people and prioritize humans over animals. Bunch of annoying tree huggers. Let's let your kid get ate by one and see if you want to show mercy.

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philmchawk Gaia Agia
02/09/14 6:55 pm

My parents always taught me that there are consequences to my actions, and if my actions resulted in my getting injured it was my own damn fault.

MericaRules
02/09/14 7:23 pm

There is a difference between something like drinking and driving and getting attacked by an animal. The animals must now face the consequences of their actions. It doesn't apply to only humans.

UnchainedWispy
02/10/14 10:27 am

Swimming in shark infested waters is putting yourself at risk. It's like having a picnic on the savannah without thinking about what else lives there.

sdbrev210 The Pursuit of Happiness
02/09/14 4:23 pm

They're sharks...they only know hunting, biting, eating, and the occasional clasper-insertion. They don't shop at Neiman's, play ball, go out for dinner, watch movies, plot how to kill humans, sink boats or surf the web. But kill humans? You die.

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gpmino Florida
02/09/14 4:14 pm

Oh, excellent. The invader killing the inhabitants for acting based on pre-ingrained nature. Completely fair.

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thebarr
02/09/14 5:47 pm

One could argue that humans defending their kind is our nature.

UnchainedWispy
02/10/14 10:35 am

How is killing still considered a defense. There is no way that they can affect people who aren't in the water. Don't go swimming and nobody dies. Use a pool save a life.

thebarr
02/10/14 2:17 pm

I guess also don't go in the woods (bears), desert (coyotes), mountains (cougars), savannah (lions), or jungle (tigers). Predators exist everywhere, and if they become threats to us then we will do what we can.

UnchainedWispy
02/10/14 11:03 pm

Last I checked, sharks don't raid homes and steal children and livestock. What's this about them being like tigers and bears? I mean in time they might grow legs and lungs but idk. Did Sharknado give you nightmares or something?

roaddog53
02/09/14 3:48 pm

Let's have the sharks go into our natural habitat and than humans kill them for being there. Than we should kill the humans for killing the sharks. How dare we invade someone else's environment and claim we belong there so move or we will kill you.

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gramps
02/09/14 3:50 pm

Isn't that what the white man did in the Americas?

dominiclandry
02/09/14 10:15 pm

Humans are superior to everything on earth. Don't equate us with an animal.

dominiclandry
02/09/14 3:44 pm

I don't think they should be killing sharks but lets get one thing straight...sharks are not our equal. Nor is any other animal. Humans are supreme. However, if it can kill you, stay away. Use common sense.

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GoNiners
02/09/14 3:39 pm

Tourism is a huge element of their economy. Nice to see a government that doesn't let bleeding hearts dictate policy.

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zsteph
02/09/14 3:37 pm

Australians confuse me. First they slighter the native population then they destroy a key species for no reason. I guess when you are decedents of murderes and rapists you do dumb stuff.

sdbrev210 The Pursuit of Happiness
02/09/14 4:26 pm

Destroyed key species? A bit over exaggerated.

Pastafarian Planet Earth
02/09/14 3:13 pm

WTF. I don't understand the reasoning for this.

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sdbrev210 The Pursuit of Happiness
02/09/14 4:28 pm

We do the same for rabid dogs, bears, lions, or any animal that attacks and kills humans.

Pastafarian Planet Earth
02/09/14 7:56 pm

Yes, but sharks can only attack us in the water. 99% of the time people are on land.

TabletJunkie Timbuktu
02/09/14 2:58 pm

oh and btw, we should kill the Japanese whalers for the 'research' they do each year.

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TabletJunkie Timbuktu
02/09/14 2:57 pm

So we kill because they act on natural instinct in their natural habitat? OMGF, above needs to invade Australia and kill them... that would be fair. God I hate humans.

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sdbrev210 The Pursuit of Happiness
02/09/14 4:29 pm

Natural instinct? Yea, they do have a natural diet of Australian humans.

Mark2
02/11/14 3:03 pm

Glad you admitted it. So you're the enemy of everyone?

Handstand .
02/09/14 2:54 pm

Leave the fucking sharks alone. They are in their home, not ours.

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bluerum29 optimistic idealist
02/09/14 2:27 pm

As long as they have a limit on how any they kill

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Congressman Louisiana
02/09/14 3:05 pm

The limit should be 0. They aren't ruining anything other than an elective luxury. Hardly a reason to kill them.

bluerum29 optimistic idealist
02/09/14 3:15 pm

It doesn't bother me, it's like someone saying that they are out hunting and killing all snakes. I hate snakes

camigirl
02/09/14 3:18 pm

That's a pretty selfish way to think. Just because you don't care for something, doesn't mean it isn't important.
Sharks are very important to our ecosystem, which we are a part of. It's also just inhumane.

bluerum29 optimistic idealist
02/09/14 3:27 pm

I don't think they need to do it. At the same time it's not something that will upset me.

Congressman Louisiana
02/09/14 5:07 pm

Snakes of certain kind harm ecosystems and need to be killed. Sharks killed for human invasion is unacceptable. Let me come to your house and shoot your dog so I won't have to hear it bark.

bluerum29 optimistic idealist
02/09/14 5:19 pm

My dog rarely barks, only to say goodbye to true golfers as they leave or at the kids who are not suppose to be on the course. And my dog is not dangerous, sharks are. And if someone hurt my dog intentionally, I would beat them unconscience

bluerum29 optimistic idealist
02/09/14 5:20 pm

I'm not saying it's good trey are killing sharks, just that it's not something I'm going to concern myself with. Sharks are dangerous and I'm afraid of the ocean because of them. And it's many many miles from where I live so...,

Congressman Louisiana
02/10/14 6:40 am

Right see you have a valid point if sharks were destroying an ecosystem or something but they aren't. We are encroaching on THEIR habitat unprovoked. That's not a reason to kill them. And all dogs are dangerous in nature. Your dog can snap like any.

Congressman Louisiana
02/10/14 6:41 am

Point being, someone comes into your home and attacks you or your pet simply because you're in the way of the Par 4 doesn't validate what they do. Just like killing sharks or a surf spot. That's a great way to damage an ecosystem and you should care.

bluerum29 optimistic idealist
02/10/14 7:22 am

I get your point, but I have enough things to worry/care about.

Congressman Louisiana
02/10/14 8:21 am

Right, just remember when something becomes your problem and everyone else has "too much" else to care or worry about. It's apathetic people like yourself who only stand up for your own interest, yet you won't stand up for anyone else. Good job.

bluerum29 optimistic idealist
02/10/14 8:51 am

You have to pick your battles. You can't fight everything. I don't think this is a horrendous thing, I don't think it is a good or necessary thing either. Somewhere in the middle.

swervin Maryland
02/09/14 2:12 pm

I do not approve. Sharks are a key part of the ocean environment. They help control the population of other sea life.

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catpillow Florida West Coast
02/09/14 2:02 pm

Sharks are delicious! They should be eating them.

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inge MIA
02/09/14 1:44 pm

Disgusting waste of life and who knows what impact it could have. You venture in the ocean, you know your risk. This absolutely enraged me.

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thebarr
02/09/14 5:50 pm

Sharks are in the ocean. They know the risk.

Sorry, I couldn't resist!

KAnne Atlantic City, NJ
02/09/14 1:35 pm

No. That's their territory. They should put out a warning about recent attacks. Possibly do research to find out why. Sharks don't just attack humans on purpose for no reason.

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KAnne Atlantic City, NJ
02/09/14 5:59 pm

No, they don't. We're not a source of food for them. They attack if something is wrong (eg. they feel threatened) or if their food source suddenly becomes scarce and they mistake a human for something like a seal.

thebarr
02/09/14 6:04 pm

Sharks attacks have been steadily rising, so that old mantra is no longer true. Sharks don't care what you are, aggressive species will attack you, period.

KAnne Atlantic City, NJ
02/09/14 6:31 pm

That's so wrong I don't even know what to say.

thebarr
02/09/14 6:37 pm

Shark attack frequency has been rising. That's a statistical fact. Draw any conclusion you want, but that fact cannot be argued.

KAnne Atlantic City, NJ
02/09/14 6:56 pm

That's not the issue, the issue is why.

KudosToYou California
02/10/14 5:00 am

And the tourism industry isn't getting larger? People aren't getting into the water more?
You have to look at this from more than one angle.