WWF condemns Panos Kammenos for showing off in a photo in which he is pictured holding a killed "big shark": "Τhe image of a minister, who in fact has served as responsible for maritime law enforcement, including fishing regulations, proudly posing next to a killed King of the sea is shameful and not a show of bravery".
Below the full press release by WWF Hellas:
In a tweet on his personal account, Minister for National Defense Panos Kammenos makes a pun with a killed "big shark", which he proudly holds by its mouth. In that particular tweet, the minister writes: "[killing off] big sharks one by one...".
As regards the killed shark, let us make clear that:
1) It is a bluntnose sixgill shark (Hexanchus griseus), one of the most- hunted sharks in Greece, for which there is globally no reported unprovoked attack against humans.
2) The fishing of sixgills is prohibited by national legislation since 1981, by presidential decree 67/1981.
WWF Hellas has for years been trying to raise awareness of the most hunted hunters in our seas: sharks. The image of a minister, who in fact has served as responsible for maritime law enforcement, including fishing regulations, proudly posing next to a killed King of the sea is shameful and not a show of bravery. Regardless of whether the killing of the shark was a result of it being trapped in fixed fishing nets or whether it was done on purpose, the photograph evidences clear disregard for the laws on protection of threatened sea life.
WWF Hellas unequivocally condemns this act by Minister for National Defense Panos Kammenos.
- Translated by: Despina Biri
- The original text was first published on: wwf.gr
- Link to original version: Σχετικά με τον «μεγαλοκαρχαρία» του Υπουργού Εθνικής Άμυνας Πάνου Καμμένου