“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?