Let's skip over South Africa for the time being (seems to be an uphill battle on a slope covered in mud over there) and go to Australia, another first world country that "cares about the ocean". Their feds are trampled all over existing laws and the opinions of its voters to push an expensive, ineffective, and ecologically disastrous slaughter of sharks. Yes, by the government that simultaneously lists the animals its killing as protected and vulnerable. From a shark's perspective I'd be thinking, "with friends like this, who needs enemies?"
We continue to spill oil although we haven't recovered from the last ones. We pursue drilling in the arctic when it's already proven that the arctic is melting away from use of the very thing we're drilling for. Rain forests are destroyed, proposals to dump sediment onto the Great barrier Reef, natives pushed off their land, poison allowed in approved food, and we worry about offending the cultures of people who's cultures seem to be hell bent on killing every last thing on the planet.
Maybe the government knows something we don't know. Maybe it really is too late. Maybe it's better for them to help their buddies make as much cash as possible on the limited time left on this planet. Maybe they'll be the ones who can afford a flight to an off-planet living facility.