RESPONSE TO AUSTRALIAN BEACH SAFETY AND THE POLITICS OF SHARK ATTACKS

It never ceases to amaze me how scientists, government-created wildlife agencies and eco-fund-raising heads of NGO’s, etc, author such irrational explanations to “re-educate” and calm a gullible public when it comes to shark attacks.

The nature of sharks certainly isn’t rocket science. All species of them, large and small, are predators of something. They kill, then eat, and make baby sharks.

Public safety, when entering the oceans, clearly is in direct conflict with those who hold shark conservation as their priority (sharks more important than people). There are solutions to protect people but shark conservationists and/or those who gain financially from shark protection agencies will vehemently oppose these solutions.

Conservationists slant data on shark-human encounters to support their theory that humans, not sharks, provoke attacks: swimmers don’t belong where sharks feed; surfers present themselves as food (they look like seals); divers provoke attacks by offering food. Their data always concludes that shark bites are accidental or mistaken identity. In their minds, it’s not conceivable that sharks are simply doing what comes natural to them, which is killing and eating something.

These conservationists and their ilk continue to admonish the “uneducated” and  “uninformed” (fishermen maybe?) for saying that sharks are dangerous predators.  They slam authors, movie-makers and the press for sensationalizing attacks by the “myths” they print and even attempt to sooth the public’s “irrational fears”  by comparing a shark attack to being hit on the head with a coconut.  All the while ignoring history: sharks have been attacking humans for centuries.

The politics of shark conservation has led to anti-fishing propaganda worldwide. This eco-agenda has been financially supported by the petroleum industry to misdirect the public’s perception of actual eco-pollution like oil spills onto shark finning and over fishing as the big bad guy ruining our planet. Fishermen have lost their jobs and now the protection of great whites has resulted in a huge increase in shark attacks by this species in Australia and South Africa. Divers, swimmers and tourists have been killed in horrific attacks creating economic hardship due to declining tourism.  Public confidence in the government’ ability to implement solutions has deteriorated.

Now, to the solutions: anti-shark nets and baited hooks to capture and remove larger rogue sharks from designated bathing and surfing areas would not only reduce the local (as in, off the beach) shark populations, but will also restore public confidence in returning to the water.

But these solutions infuriate animal rights activists and, as usual, they will produce charts and reports to refute into ad nauseam the harm these efforts would have on eco-systems.

The business of shark feeding and eco-tourism is a recognized practice in both Australia and South Africa. Such operations for photographing white sharks from underwater cages is an ill-conceived profit operation with dire consequences. I’ve maintained for years that feeding these predators alters the sharks’ natural fear of humans (if they have any) and only makes them more dangerous. Common sense says you don’t feed wild predators. Tagging and photo-documentation has proved that these handfed sharks migrate and become a threat elsewhere once feeding time ends. Does anyone consider who may be at risk from these sharks? I’m sure the conservation extremists don’t care if we lose a few more human lives.

Yours truly,

Captain bill Goldschmitt

P.S. I was the first charter captain to offer cage diving in Florida in 1970. But I killed the shark after the pictures were taken. I know now as I knew then sharks are predators and the public doesn’t need to be “re-educated.”

 

2014 correspondence with a shark attack victim:

Yea im a survivor in Australia, when my attack happened the council lifeguards had seen the shark hours before but said nothing as I paddled way out the back by myself. They put the marine stinger sign up. So after I was attacked they put the shark sign up.

The local council the very next day while I was being stabilised in hospital, contacted their insurer. Not once did they ever contact me to this day 3 years on. I am the 3rd in our banned zone. I was attacked in an Aquatic Reserve WITHIN a Marine Park!! Crazy eh!! Thanks Pew and shark.org friends.

Glen Folkard. SAS 2012′

As far back as 1968, tree-huggers (enviros) have been telling me that I was “overfishing” sharks. Nearly 50 years they’ve pushed the “protect sharks” agenda.

Today, they claim a 90% decline in shark species. A hoax! A lie! There is no credible evidence to prove this. But how have they succeeded in persuading governments to protect sharks using ridiculous anti-fishing laws? They didn’t! Shark protection didn’t gain momentum until the Oil Industry decided to misdirect public opinion away from offshore drilling as the biggest danger to the world’s oceans, and place it on “overfishing.” Oil companies (Sunoco) created the environmental foundation PEW — pumping billions of dollars into this foundation to create a new crisis — shark finning, and a new villain — the Asian shark fin soup industry. “100 million sharks killed each year,” is their bogus mantra. C’mon, you might as well believe in the tooth fairy. But it worked! Nobody talks about oil exploration any more; not even the BP oil spill gets press the way killing sharks does! And they’ve done a good job re-education young people: tell them the sky is green year after year and they eventually believe it.

Sharks are now protected globally and so are now overpopulated. this is why shark attacks are increasing. Unfortunately you are a victim of world-wide brain-washing. Some day a shark attack victim will take legal action against government shark protection. I can’t wait to see who pays.

Sharks don’t need protection, people do!

Take care,
Captain Bill Goldschmitt

the following is an excerpt from Glens’ response email 9-13-2014:

Thanks for the prompt reply, I thought very serious about a lawsuit against the local council who’s MP was ‘granted’ 20 million to make our lake an AR, I was attacked in an Aquatic Reserve within a Marine Park…did I already say that before?? My friend Tangui in Reunion in a Marine Park. 70% here are in Marine Parks.

Thanku so much for filling in some blanks. PTSD gets worse when there is a fatal like we had here in Byron Bay a few days ago. I have been pounding the authorities sooo much here that they called the cops 3 times now. Neff and West at Taronga Zoo did that you know. Called the cops on a survivor..fkn ell wtf.
 
So thanks again and can we keep in touch so I can learn more. I know who is corrupt here but I need a whistleblower. If this has been going on since 68′ we are fucked and there is no use me even trying anymore. I dont know if I sent you my pictures but I will, its data heavy so sorry but I have to share this stuff. We need a global law suit maybe.
9-14-2014
Glen,
Shark attack victims should fight back! A global lawsuit against government shark protection might not be as far-fetched an idea as the eco’s agenda for shark protection was over forty years ago. Perhaps as a shark attack victim such as yourself, who is in contact with other traumatized survivors could enlist these victims, including family members of shark attack fatalities, to organize and unite in a common cause: human safety! This could help prevent future shark attacks by holding governments legally responsible for their decision to protect sharks over humans and to force Ecos to produce REAL evidence in court that sharks are really in endangered — which they can’t!
Shark attack victims uniting in this way would be in direct conflict to the PEW Foundation’s gathering of those shark attack victims who “forgave sharks” and lobbied US Congress to pass legislation for the protection of sharks in US waters and other global oceans. Perhaps victims from Africa, Hawaii, California, etc. would join with you in a class-action global lawsuit. Think about it… this could be your motto:
“sharks don’t need protection, people do.”
9-14-14
Thats a cracker idea CB…not far fetched at all. Keep em comin please champion. I have 3 kids and a home to lose to some filthy lawyers but a group law suit might be a bloody good idea! Yikes I never thought of that…it aint about money either. A billion dollars cant buy what I have my LIFE…so we sue for no money but we make the govt realise MR’s and AR’s are responsible for this spike in attacks. Brilliant mate effin brilllliant!! You are my favorite Captain now lol…I do know a few Captains eh. Happy that I have confirmation!! Im smiling here in Whitebridge NSW cause I know I am getting somewhere mate!!

 
I been on the ocean for over 40 years and never seen a shark and boom!! Ive emailed all the councils in the Marine Reserves as a warning, the emails are dated so it shows they were warned. I also wonder if those PEW SAS fools know whats going on?? Do they not realise they are also attributing to the deaths of humans walking among us now! They need their heads cracked together like those Stooges…that motto I already use eh..I tell people on the ground that. I tell them the risk is higher and we learnt to surf in a safe time and they just say…’what are the odds’ then the coconuts lightning etc…blah blah..then I give up. They CANT see the bigger picture eh.
I have another day free with my sore wound and PTSD (i don’t leave home any more) and im gona spend hours emailing the right people. Its working too Captain Bill, they know im writing a book and they are scurrying like RATS off a sinking ship me ol matey haha…lol we are gona win this Bill. All my media contacts will be getting this first then the govt depts will be receiving a copy. Just for the record SO THEY WERE TOLD RIGHT? And when the court case happens I will produce this shocking timeline of emails which goes back well over a year. All backed up and forwarded to other people just in case.
Glen Folkard. SAS 2012′
9-17-2014
Glen,
For more than a decade I’ve talked to my wife about the need for shark attack victims (the sane ones) to sue governments for their culpability in shark attacks. It is long overdue and would force eco-scientists who support shark protection to come forward with credible evidence of declining shark stocks. And of course they will FAIL.
The evidence is overwhelming that sharks of all species are not only healthy but that dangerous predator sharks are increasing close to the shore. This will work in your favor. If you start a campaign gathering other victims you must include family members of victims of fatal attacks as you will be giving a voice to those who cannot speak.
Killing sharks close to shore with netting and drum lines and eliminating “protected areas” are the only way to protect humans from future attacks. this should be your objective as well as holding local and national governments responsible for their culpability!
This will be a war against the Eco-Lobby and it won’t be easy. remember, this won’t be about you, necessarily but about protecting future human suffering. the need for media attention, the press will also be necessary. But you must be credible — the truth and only the facts must be put out there: sharks are predators that kill and maim humans. Period! And to many are close to beaches. Common sense will prevail if you enlist family members of fatal victims.
Eco-protectionists use the media to their advantage (“shark-fining” and “over-fishing” and 100 million killed each year”!) But the facts don’t support the circus. Fishing shark stocks are plentiful, not in decline. And attacks worldwide are up. Sharks of massive size are killing humans. the press has filmed giant whites after a kill from helicopters. Check the news.
Finally, you might contact an Australian shark fisherman named Vic Hislop –Google him. He believes as I do and can be helpful in court as credible support legally.
God bless,
Captain Bill

 

 

 

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2 Responses to RESPONSE TO AUSTRALIAN BEACH SAFETY AND THE POLITICS OF SHARK ATTACKS

  1. glen folkard says:

    Yea im a survivor in Australia, when my attack happened the council lifeguards had seen the shark hours before but said nothing as I paddled way out the back by myself. They put the marine stinger sign up. So after I was attacked they put the shark sign up.

    The local council the very next day while I was being stabilised in hospital, contacted their insurer. Not once did they ever contact me to this day 3 years on. I am the 3rd in our banned zone. I was attacked in an Aquatic Reserve WITHIN a Marine Park!! Crazy eh!! Thanks Pew and shark.org friends.

    Glen Folkard. SAS 2012′

    • cortezsharkman says:

      As far back as 1968, tree-huggers (enviros) have been telling me that I was “overfishing” sharks. Nearly 50 years they’ve pushed the “protect sharks” agenda.

      Today, they claim a 90% decline in shark species. A hoax! A lie! There is no credible evidence to prove this. But how have they succeeded in persuading governments to protect sharks using ridiculous anti-fishing laws? They didn’t! Shark protection didn’t gain momentum until the Oil Industry decided to misdirect public opinion away from offshore drilling as the biggest danger to the world’s oceans, and place it on “overfishing.” Oil companies (Sunoco) created the environmental foundation PEW — pumping billions of dollars into this foundation to create a new crisis — shark finning, and a new villain — the Asian shark fin soup industry. “100 million sharks killed each year,” is their bogus mantra. C’mon, you might as well believe in the tooth fairy. But it worked! Nobody talks about oil exploration any more; not even the BP oil spill gets press the way killing sharks does! And they’ve done a good job re-education young people: tell them the sky is green year after year and they eventually believe it.

      Sharks are now protected globally and so are now overpopulated. this is why shark attacks are increasing. Unfortunately you are a victim of world-wide brain-washing. Some day a shark attack victim will take legal action against government shark protection. I can’t wait to see who pays.

      Sharks don’t need protection, people do!

      Take care,
      Captain Bill Goldschmitt

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