Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Save the Sharks : Everyone is trying to Jump one

In the past month at least the word Shark has come up in at least one of my conversations.

First its Sharknado the SyFy movie that was so absurd they will make a sequel and show it in the movie theaters.

Secondly, there was Megalodon by the Discovery Channel which not only discredited an entire Network's authority but a few people cancelled their Discovery Magazine subscriptions.

Now, I am going to try to Jump on the Shark bandwagon so to speak.

Please stop the slaughter and mindless killing of thousand of sharks by cutting off their fins.

Find out about shark finning and how you can help to end it.

Every year tens of millions of sharks die a slow death because of finning. Finning is the inhumane practice of hacking off the shark’s fins and throwing its still living body back into the sea. The sharks either starve to death, are eaten alive by other fish, or drown (if they are not in constant movement their gills cannot extract oxygen from the water). Shark fins are being “harvested” in ever greater numbers to feed the growing demand for shark fin soup, an Asian “delicacy”.
A hammerhead shark finned on board.
A hammerhead shark finned on board.
Hammerhead left for dead on the sea bed.
…and left for dead on the sea bed.
Not only is the finning of sharks barbaric, but their indiscriminate slaughter at an unsustainable rate is pushing many species to the brink of extinction. Since the 1970s the populations of several species have been decimated by over 95%. Due to the clandestine nature of finning, records are rarely kept of the numbers of sharks and species caught. Estimates are based on declared imports to shark fin markets such as Hong Kong and China. is campaigning to achieve a worldwide ban on shark finning. That means that all sharks caught must be landed intact – their fins must not be removed while the shipping vessel is at sea.
If you are concerned about the plight of sharks – an animal that has been around since before the dinosaurs – there are plenty of things you can do to help. So go to our campaigns page and take action now!
We want restaurant owners to stop selling shark fin soup. We are listing restaurants that we know of who sell shark fin soup. But we are also listing establishments who have stopped selling shark fin soup, and we are rewarding these companies by listing and recommending them.
Galapagos sharks
This is the way sharks should be – free! Photo of Galapagos Sharks published with permission of Wolfgang Leander, Oceanic Dreams.
People wearing the Stop Shark Finning T-shirt
You can get a Stop Shark Finning shirt here.
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