For Immediate Release:
6 September 2018
Scuba-Diving Instructor Acted Fast to Spare the Animal a Painful Death
Byron Bay – Because Inaki Aizpun acted quickly to remove a discarded fishing net that was stuck between the jaws of a distressed grey nurse shark, the scuba diver and Byron local will receive a Hero to Animals Award from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Had the fishing net not been removed, the 2-metre shark would have faced a slow and painful death.
“We hope the compassion and quick action shown by Inaki Aizpun inspires others to come to the aid of an animal in need,” says PETA spokesperson Emily Rice. “We don’t even need to display such bravery – we can all be heroes for animals simply by choosing to leave them off our plates, not only preventing the slaughter of animals but also reducing the use fishing gear, which is a major killer of marine life.”
Some 640,000 tonnes of discarded fishing tackle, also known as “ghost gear”, enter the world’s oceans every year and can mutilate and kill marine animals long afterwards.