I write in response to a recent report on a group calling itself the Atlantic Human Conservancy calling for a modification to the Marine Mammal Act that would permit culling seals.

We as humans have the privilege to make choices; seals and sharks do not. They have been in the seas for centuries and have no choice should they no longer wish to be there.

Because we want to do what we want to do when we choose, why not kill anything that gets in our way? This is degrading to us as humans and shows no respect to living creatures that nature put here.

It is extremely sad that a young man lost his life because of a shark attack, but it was his choice to take the risk and enter the water. That is our privilege - to make a choice, for which we are responsible.

We can choose to save ourselves and not go in the water.

Candace Bechgaard

Eastham