05 Aug '11, 1am

Shark Week Conservation Roundup (VIDEO) | Care2 Causes

Shark Week Conservation Roundup (VIDEO) | Care2 Causes

NOTE: This is a guest post from Matt Rand , Director of the Global Shark Conservation Campaign at the Pew Environment Group . It may have begun as summer filler programming, but the Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week ” has endured the test of time as it enters its 24th year. In fact, the event has become such a phenomenon that it has drawn more than 20 million viewers each year since 1995. Unfortunately, these apex predators are increasingly scarce across the world’s oceans due in large part to finning and the appetite for shark fin soup . Two years ago, the International Union for Conservation of Nature found that 30 percent of shark and ray species assessed are threatened or near-threatened with extinction . And the most recent numbers available show that up to 73 million sharks are killed each year for the fin trade. Take Action! Tell international leaders to take concrete...

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