Mar 15, 2012
The demand for shark fin soup is causing immense suffering for sharks around the world – help end the brutal practice of shark finning.
Sharks are intelligent, graceful and curious creatures that hold a vital position at the top of the marine food chain – a role they’ve held for 200 million years! But, in the last several decades, these amazing animals have become targets for hunters and fisheries, threatening a third of all shark species with extinction and jeopardizing the delicate balance of our oceans.
Up to 73 million sharks are killed every year, most to meet the increasing demand for an Asian delicacy known as shark fin soup. Shark finning is extremely brutal. Because the fins are considerably more valuable than the meat, hunters catch the sharks, slice off their fins while they are still alive and then, oftentimes, dump the helpless animals back into the ocean – where they are left to die by drowning, starvation or being eaten by other organisms.
Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, California, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands have banned all the sale, trade and possession of shark fins. Now, New York and Maryland are currently considering similar legislation.
If you live in one of these states, please contact your state legislators and tell them to adopt high standards of shark protection. By doing so, you can help end the cruelty of shark finning and protect endangered shark populations from further abuse.
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