To the Editor:
Shark populations worldwide are in grave peril. Many species of open ocean sharks are in danger of extinction. The spectacle of the annual Oak Bluffs Monster Shark Tournament unnecessarily contributes to declining shark populations and is an assault on the natural world. This unremitting display of cruelty and disregard for clear conservation imperatives undermines the spirit and character of our Island community. The town of Oak Bluffs justifies this catastrophe by promoting the message that killing sharks for fun and prizes is good for business.
How can we celebrate the ineffable beauty of our Island home in the midst of this crushing, radically flawed tournament of shame?