For a bowl of soup man, the ultimate predator on earth, slices off a single fin from a living health threatened or endangered species of shark and throws the rest of the live animal away!! How barbaric is this practice? An entire animal and ultimately the entire population of shark species in the seas are being destroyed for a single fin.
Yes, this is the most common fate for many sharks today.
What happens when this animal loses its fin?
The sharks either starves to death, are eaten alive by other fish, or drown, because if they are not in constant movement their gills cannot extract oxygen from the water.
All these animals are sacrificed to make soup . We are not talking 10 or 100 sharks. Tens of thousands of them are slaughtered each year.! All dead so a Japanese soup is considered a delicacy, can be made. Predation of another species for greed not need is the motto of many “humans”. but look at the price we all will pay for harvesting 10s of millions of healthy animals.
This wanton slaughter has put many species of shark on the brink of extinction. Since the 1970s the populations of several species have plummeted by over 95%. This fishing practice is poorly monitored around the world due to the clandestine nature of finning.
The numbers of all types of sharks is decreasing worldwide. They are needed to help keep the balance in nature in the ocean’s ecosystem as the top predators in the sea. We need to more aggressively protect this predator to keep nature’s balance.
Sharks have been vilified, their danger to man highly exaggerated, and the importance of this ancient animal greatly misunderstood. Their threat to man is greatly overrated, but man’s threat to the shark is very underplayed. “Falling coconuts kill 150 people worldwide each year, 15 times the number of fatalities attributable to sharks,” said George Burgess, Director of the University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File and a noted shark researcher.
“The reality is that, on the list of potential dangers encountered in aquatic recreation, sharks are right at the bottom of the list,”
More legal protection for the shark is needed.
Consequences are needed for the consumers.
Maybe we should be monitoring the cooks instead anyone ordering or making shark fin soup should be fined $500 for the first offense against nature and given a year’s community service. The second offense would bring a mandatory jail sentence for cook and consumer.
This ancient predator now needs greater legal protection from the greatest and greediest predator of all times. The ultimate predator seems determined to destroy all forms of life, but ignorantly does not realize he is only destroying himself through his short sightedness.
Least you think this is only a problem of education in the orient, there are fifty restaurants in New York alone that serve shark fin soup-so there are predators everywhere. (Petition to stop NewYork Finning)
Man is supposed to have superior intelligence, but the slaughter of animals for greed and to supply the fantasy and tastes of a growing number of people is so short sighted.
To stop shark finning, please this petitions today. Thank you.
Excerpts courtesy of http://www.unisci.com/stories/20022/0523024.htm
Excerpts courtesy of http://www.stopsharkfinning.net
Excerpts courtesy of http://www.sharkwater.com/education.htm
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