Shark baiting

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Shark baiting is a controversial "sport" where participants are lowered in a shark proof cage while tour guides bait the waters for sharks with chum, fish and sometimes live animals such as dogs and cats if on an island with an overpopulation, leading to potentially aggressive behaviors by the shark population. The practice is used by thrill-seeking scuba divers and underwater photographers. Shark-activists usually frown upon this, doing so disrupts the sharks natural eating environment and with enough time, the sharks stop looking for food and begin to expect it; looking at beaches for their next meal. This has become a problem in Florida, where the shark attack numbers are escalating. When the sharks attack the people on the beach, sharks are then viewed at as bad animals, and therefore people believe that this gives them the right to kill sharks. While shark-activists believe that this is bad, not only for the animal but also the tourists, tourists and beach-goers believe that this is the only way to get a picture of a shark on film. Sharks are naturally evasive animals, but people think that by baiting them, they will come up to shore and that this is the best answer.

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