Brazil: Fine imposed for mistreatment of hammerhead sharkHelmut Nickel (mail), Shark Year Magazine, 10. October 2014
The Environmental Institute of Paraná ( Instituto Ambiental do Paraná, IAP ) has fined a ‘fisherman’ for dragging a live hammerhead shark through the streets of Guaratuba last sunday, 05. October ( other source: 05. September ).
The shark had been found washed up on the beach of Guaratuba which is a city in the state of Paraná, Brazil. According to local media reports, the large fish was dragged to the market where it was killed and its meat divided among the people in the community.
But a couple of videos (see below) showing the hammerhead shark still alive while being tied to a small tractor, created a debate as soon as the images circulated on social networks and led to a complaint of animal cruelty filed by the local conservation group ‘Sociedade Protetora dos Animais de Curitib’.
Today, the Brazilian news site ‘Gazeta do Povo’ is reporting that the alleged offence has been confirmed by IAP which imposed a fine of over 1.240 US Dollar ( R$ 3 mil. ).
Source: Gazeta do Povo, YouTube: jeeff bueno, Aguia Delta