Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 18 February 2020

The law must take its course: sharks are not caught and killed by accident

Our readers have their say on repeat offenders, the essence of a photographer's work, and Jeff Bezos's visit to India

A grey reef shark was filmed swimming in Ras Al Khaimah waters.
A grey reef shark was filmed swimming in Ras Al Khaimah waters.

Regarding Ruba Haza’s report Emirati fisherman defends slaying of three huge bull sharks (January 20): how do you “accidentally” catch a shark that size on a line and hook designed for small fish? No accident in catching these. And if they were caught legally the laws need to be addressed.

Darren Banner, Paris

Every year he hunts sharks and is not being punished for it. In 2019, he caught and murdered a pregnant shark. Something needs to be done about these repeat kills.

Stefan Wieland, Dubai

He should be banned from fishing, along with the people who help him catch these sharks, and locked up. That will teach him he’s not above the law which he keeps ignoring, all in the name of money.

Sam Clarke, Dubai

A lovely piece on the photographs of people minus their phones

With regard to Razmig Bedirian’s article Imagining a world without smartphones: how one photographer is erasing them from his work (January 19): I must say, Eric Pickersgill’s vision of disconnecting from devices shows the absurdity that has set in our lives

Mr Bedirian has quite beautifully turned into prose the almost poetic nature of the pictures. The necessary evil of digital lives is strikingly captured in the photographs. Thanks for an enjoyable piece of writing.

Parika Verma-Mehta, Dubai

Jeff Bezos could have been extended a warmer welcome

With reference to your report Amazon to create 1 million jobs in India by 2025 (January 17). The article also mentions the cold shoulder given to Mr Bezos by the government. Neither the prime minister nor any other minister met him. Now, Mr Bezos has invested in India after various regulatory ministries cleared his proposals. So he is a genuine investor.

He is one of the richest men in the world and can invest further in India to create jobs and opportunities. He should have been treated like an honoured guest.

Your report also says that the Washington Post, owned by Mr Bezos, has been critical of the policies of the government of India.

We need to appreciate that newspaper owners normally do not dictate or tell their editors what to write. So Mr Bezos should not be held responsible for what the Post opines.

The global press and investment community notice the belittling of high profile investors.

Global businessmen may become reluctant to invest in India. India needs foreign investment to secure technology and jobs.

Neglecting Mr Bezos is India’s loss.

Rajinder Aneja, Dubai

Updated: January 25, 2020 02:46 PM

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