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sp03
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Shark fishing should be banned worldwide

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Started: 3/5/2015 Category: Politics
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beachgirl67

Pro

Sharks worldwide are being brutally murdered. Many fishing boats chop of their fins and throw them in the ocean to suffocate and die ( they need to swim to breath) We should ban the fishing of sharks to help the species get back on the their feet. Sharks have been on Earth longer than dinosaurs, it would be a shame to lose this prehistoric animal because of our own greediness.
sp03

Con

Eating Sharks have happened since the creation of man kind. It is a tradition in some countries to eat shark. The shark population is not decreasing at an alarming amount, and sharks are not a kind animal. There are almost 100 shark attacks each year. Poor fisherman depend on these animals for their living, and banning the fishing of sharks wouldn't stop it. Even with the law, people would still kill sharks. It's hard to control a law that is only broken in the middle of the ocean. They would have to have patrol boats covering the ocean to stop the killing of sharks.

http://en.wikipedia.org...
Debate Round No. 1
beachgirl67

Pro

You mention that the shark population has not decreased at an alarming rate, when that is clearly not true. Data gathered by studies conducted by the Shark Research Institute shows that 8 species of shark have had 50% decrease in population since 1986. This includes Scalloped Hammerheads (89% decrease) Thresher Sharks ( 80% decrease) and Great Whites (79% decrease) Here is also a link to a helpful image to see the shark decrease: http://images.huffingtonpost.com...

I understand with the law, people would still kill sharks. This is true of any law- poaching is a common occurrence, but there are still laws in place to protect elephants and rhinos in Africa. Still, the number of sharks dying would decrease with the law. You say sharks are "not a kind animal" but I am failing to see any relevance in this statement. Elephants are not kind by any means ( In fact, they kill more humans than sharks do) Sharks actually have a very important place in ocean ecosystems. They clean off the ocean floor of dead animals and play a very important role in the food chain. Without them, the whole ocean ecosystem would be thrown off balance. As for the "poor fisherman" there are many other kinds of fish that are easier to catch and are eaten by more people. There is a very concentrated group of people that regularly eat shark, while a fish like tuna or smelt is eaten worldwide.

I would also like to caution you on your use of resources. Wikipedia is not a reliable source by itself, anybody can edit the content on the article. If you want to give me facts, I would only take it seriously if it is from a reliable website, preferably that ends in .edu or .org.
sp03

Con

You are saying that sharks will be extinct in 100 years, which is clearly not true. Humans are only majorly killing sharks such as the thresher, and smaller species, but Great White Sharks and larger species of shark are uncommonly killed. It is almost impossible to catch a great white shark or a tiger shark on a fishing rod.

The danger of sharks seem to be getting higher over the years. Most of the years, there is more shark attacks than the prior year, which means in 50-100 years the number could reach 600-800 attacks per year. Letting the species increase, would make the number of sharks go up, which will also cause more sharks attack.

If the shark population would rise, beaches and oceans would be filled with swimming sharks, creating a huge hazard for human beings. Humans are more important than sharks, and we can not let the specie over power us.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk...
Debate Round No. 2
beachgirl67

Pro

I never said that sharks will be extinct in 100 years. Where did you gather that from? You say Great White Sharks are uncommonly killed, which is far from truth. How is that true, considering their numbers are steadily decreasing? You infer that the numbers could get to 600-800 attacks a year, which is plainly untrue. The website you linked stated that in 2013 there were only 72 shark attacks, only TEN of which were fatal. A report in the Maine Policy journal stated that humans kill around 63 million to 273 million sharks annually. Now tell me- who is overpowering who? You say "We can not let the specie over power us" This statement is plain humorous, considering we kill around 10,000 more sharks than sharks kill us. The danger of sharks in not getting higher each year. In fact, if you paid attention to the information you linked, it fluctuates each year. Since 2004, there has never been more than 13 shark related deaths. To assume that the specie could overpower us is well...incorrect.

Also, I have a feeling you aren't very familiar with shark fishing. Boats that are dedicated to shark fishing have hooks and bait big enough to catch Great White and Tiger Sharks. Therefore, your rod argument is invalid. Any chum could attract any shark, of course depending on what types live in the region. I feel like you are giving me much more unfactual opinions then facts.

I used the same website you did. Make sure you read the whole article you draw information on, and make sure it's accurate.
sp03

Con

You are saying that we need to save the species of shark from extinction, but that's never going to happen. There is to many sharks in the world for the species to go extinct. Researchers say that there is so many hammerheads, they are not in danger at all. And, a lot of the sharks that are caught by fisherman are mistakes. Most fisherman despise catching sharks, it breaks there line and lures.

Also you didn't mention it, but Shark fishing is banned in many countries USA
http://www.sharks-world.com...
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by donald.keller 2 years ago
donald.keller
This seems like an Appeal to Emotions, and a False Dichotomy... Really more a case for better regulation.
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