Seal Shock

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Warning: Some people may find the subject of this essay upsetting.

Submitted: December 19, 2018

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Seal Shock.

Christchurch Bay, on the Southern Island of New Zealand was the scene of a shocking discovery. The bodies of six 11 month old pups were discovered at the popular tourist site. They had been brutally decapitated.

The heads of the seals have not been found which leads police to believe that they were slaughtered elsewhere and dumped to be washed up there, possibly for shock effect. How and why could someone do something so horrific.

Fur seals, otherwise known as kekeno, are a protected species. It is a criminal offence to harass, disturb them or harm them in any way; let alone subject them to such a brutal death.

Some people wrongly believe that these seals are responsible for the low fish numbers. However 90% of the Banks Peninsula Fur seals comprises of lantern fish, a species that is not wanted by fishermen. Fish numbers have been declining world-wide, caused by a combination of pollution and over-fishing, both of which are the consequence of human activity.

What excuse could possibly be given for carrying out this act? None. Humans, or at least some of them, are becoming less compassionate not only to each other but to other species too, and something must be done to reverse this ever-growing trend.

 


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