A repulsive video uploaded to the web earlier today has exposed a pair of men in Guangdong for cutting a whale shark into pieces on shore while being watched by a mix of disgusted and curious onlookers.
Details about the incident are currently very hazy, with no definite location yet determined for this outrageous and illegal act of public animal cruelty. NetEase News does helpfully confirm that the poor creature was in fact a whale shark.
As the two men cut into the carcass of the gentle giant with a long blade, many onlookers were heard screaming “How terrible!” and “Too Cruel!” But there were also quite a few who took the opportunity to snap a group photo with the mangled shark for a background.
Netizens have voiced their outrage online, commenting that the images and video are disturbing and shocking and that the pair of men are brutal and inhumane monsters. Of course, they couldn’t help but point blame elsewhere as well.
“Such a big fish is slaughtered in public, there are so many people standing around watching, and only the relevant departments have no idea what’s going on. It’s simply ridiculous!” reads the current top comment on NetEase.
The whale shark is a second-class national protected animal in China. Regulation states that whale sharks must be set free right away if caught by fisherman. While it’s illegal to purchase or sell whale sharks, it seems as though the things just keep happening to get caught in the nets of Chinese fishermen.
Last year, a Fujian fisherman caught a whale shark, and not knowing what it was, brought the carcass back into town hoping for a big pay day. Unfortunately for him, the local government said that it couldn’t be sold off for profit, so they auctioned it off at charity prices instead. That’ll show em!
The same thing happened in Zhejiang province last year as well as in Shandong province two year ago.
In happier news earlier this year, a Guangdong fisherman did right and released a 1,500 kilogram whale shark back into the sea.
When not caught by careless fishermen, whale sharks can live as long as 70 years to 100 years. Based on biologists’ records, the largest whale shark ever discovered was 12.65 meters long and 21.5 tons.
Watch the video if you want to hate humanity:
by Alex Linder
[Images via NetEase]