Shark Victims Work to Save Their Attackers

Pew group seeks to end irresponsible fishing
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2010 12:07 PM CDT
A file photo of a juvenile Great White shark swimming in the Atlantic Ocean about 20 miles off the coast of Gloucester, Mass.   (AP Photo/www.SportFishingMA.com, Bruce Sweet)

(Newser) – A group of shark victims has joined forces in an unlikely goal—saving the species that attacked them, the AP reports. Nine people who were attacked—in many cases, losing limbs or feet—visited the UN to lobby for more responsible management of shark fishing. "If a group like us can see the value in saving sharks, can't everyone?" asked one Florida victim.

One of their goals is to end the practice of finning—in which fisherman cut off the valuable fin and discard the rest of the animal to drown or bleed to death. "Regardless of what an animal does according to its base instincts of survival, it has its place in our world," a member of the group said. "We have an obligation to protect and maintain the natural balance of our delicate ecosystems."
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