Hi I’m Bennet, and I am 9 years old.
This summer at the beach we saw some people who caught 2 small octopus and stuffed them alive into clear containers, with no water. I was upset because octopus are smart and they can suffer, and I couldn’t do anything to help them. I didn’t know if there was a size or catch limit so I wrote to the Ministry for Primary Industries – Fisheries to ask them. They sent back a reply saying you are allowed 50 per person, per day, and that they were classified as shellfish. I thought that this was way too much because our family, including Nana, could then take 350 a day if we wanted to. I think octopus should be in a different category than shellfish too. Every octopus killed is an octopus out of the food chain.
So I’ve written a letter to send back to the Fisheries Minister – Stuart Nash, and I’m trying to collect as many signatures as possible so they know other people want this too. If a lot of people sign my letter, or write in too, it could make a big difference. I got all the kids in my class and other people I know to sign my letter, but thought we could reach more people with KCC’s help.
Will you help?
Please note: All ages can sign this petition!
Here is Bennet talking about his petition on TVNZ 2’s Fanimals:
Aotearoa Superhero Bennet was shocked to find you could take 😱 50 Octopus 😱 in every catch! 🐙 🙌 He's set out to save them – here's how you can help! 😍🐙
Posted by Fanimals on Monday, 21 May 2018
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