Letter: Elected Officials Must Work Collaboratively on Shark, Seal Problem

from County Commissioner Ron Beaty

Editor:

Regarding the growing Great White Shark, and Seal overpopulation problem on Cape Cod, our elected officials at all levels of government urgently need to work collaboratively to productively address this important matter.

Relative to recent perfunctory statements enunciated by Cape and Islands State Senator Julian Cyr, he needs to realize that political leadership is NOT achieved by throwing a petty territorial temper tantrum because others offer to help facilitate discussions about an important regional issue such as this!

As I have indicated since last year, speaking as only one individual Barnstable County Commissioner, in the long term, after we follow the proper legislative process for amending the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), in my opinion at some point in the years ahead, the Cape Cod seal population must be culled in order to get rid of the menacing killer sharks swimming around our shores.

In the meantime, we must do all that is legally necessary and humanly possible to prevent another human being from being grotesquely shredded or barbarically massacred by one of these vicious man eating predatory sharks!

Ron Beaty

Barnstable County Commissioner


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