6 Nov 2012 at 1 pm – (shades of Leon Bekker from my blog in Nov 2011 and who is going to court tomorrow here in Mossel Bay! ) i
In this hot newsflash just in- we have – Mark Norval – from Port Elizabeth showing the same sort of behaviour as Bekker. Does it appear that he is trying to return the shark without landing it? Why is it that some anglers feel they do not have to regard the law at all ?I wonder whether they ever think about why the law is there in the first place? Norval is an angler with Rock and Surf Super Pro League in PE.
In my opinion Norval is in a stance that appears to break the law. What is it about November? Do shark fisher people break the law each November ( see my archives from Nov 2011 ) ? In South Africa you are not allowed to land great white sharks and certainly if by any tiny chance you can prove you had to, any photo taken of you with that shark, should show you trying your hardest to get it back in the water and not posing proudly with it for photos as it dies. I presume everyone knows a fish cannot live out of water and begins to die as soon as you haul it out. What is happening to the organs of this shark as it lies there squeezed down onto the sand and rocks? Does it appear that Norval is trying to return the shark without landing it as he is legally supposed to be doing ? Why is it that some ( not all! ) anglers feel they do not have to regard the law ?I wonder whether they ever think about why the law is there in the first place? Norval is an angler with Rock and Surf Super Pro League in PE. RSSPL. I presume they will ban him and if they are responsible they will. Lets see!
In Mossel Bay about 2 weeks ago, Mr Leon Bekker, from George caused an uproar amongst shark loving locals when he hauled a tired and injured great white shark onto some rocks in front of a popular restaurant, in flagrant disrespect for the people watching and of the law. the photos I will post here speak for themselves. Sometimes I feel embarrassed to be human- when I see pictures like this. I mean, who still wants to pose with their foot on a dying animal for heavens sake. All it proves is that you are an idiot. DId the shark die- we don’t know? My partner Ryan Johnson managed to get it off the idiot and back into the sea but it was bleeding badly by this stage. see Melanie Goslings expose on http://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/public-outcry-over-shark-hunter-1.1160175
I lose all hope for mankind and then I meet someone like Simon Cowell ( not THE Simon Cowell of X-factor /idols fame) of Wildlife Aid Foundation in the UK – and his incredible film team who I had the pleasure to work with for the past 3 days. Simon owns and runs a wildlife rehab. centre in the UK and he tells me he saves and rehabilitates over 20 000 animals per annum and the center costs him 1000GBP per day to run. What a fantastic thing to do. I love you Simon Cowell.http://www.wildlifeaid.org.uk/