How far for animal protest?

Image from The Telegraph

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

Animal rights have always been a concern of our dominant human species. Legislation all around the world is slowly recognizing the fact that a civilized society should perhaps treat its lesser neighbor with more dignity. However, there have of course been many groups that obviously feel society is moving way too slowly–thus the existence of activists. The world has seen some incredible animal rights activists (ranging from anti-fur demonstrations in the cold to anti-whaling ship collisions).

However, has this particular woman gone too far for the sake of sharks? Alice Newstead hung herself precariously in London with hooks on folds of skin, a drastic action in protest at the practice of finning, where sharks are captured–only to have their fins sliced off for shark’s fin–and then thrown back into the water…alive.

How would you have reacted to her protest act if you were there? Are such shock tactics really effective?

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2 thoughts on “How far for animal protest?

  1. I would honestly be both shocked and repulsed. I doubt that in the short run she would not have achieved her aims of trying to increase awareness for the cause. Furthermore I feel that her painting herself silver doesn’t even make her look like shark… Hence people would not even realize that she was fighting against the cause for finning. However, in the long run people might actually realize the implications of killing sharks. But even this impact is tentative as it is ultimately up to the choice of the people whether or not they want to help to prevent the extinction of sharks.

    • Thanks for your comment!

      “But even this impact is tentative as it is ultimately up to the choice of the people whether or not they want to help to prevent the extinction of sharks.”
      Everything in this world is ultimately up to the choice of people right? Are there stronger reasons as to why the impact might be limited?

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