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The Tide is Turning for Sharks | Care2 Causes

The Tide is Turning for Sharks | Care2 Causes

NOTE: This is a guest post from Iris Ho, wildlife campaign manager for Humane Society International . She manages the campaign to eradicate cruel shark finning through legislation and increased consumer awareness. Campaign expansion is focused in Asia, the largest market for shark fins. The practice of shark finning — where a live shark’s fins are sliced off and they’re thrown back to the ocean to die — is one of the most egregious forms of wildlife abuse and wasteful fishing practices. Tens of millions of sharks are killed every year to supply the global demand for shark fins to be used in shark fin soup. Because sharks sit atop (or near the top) of our ocean ecosystems, they are critical to the health of the oceans, helping regulate the vibrancy and variety of the species below them in the marine food web. When sharks are gone, so are our oceans. Over the past few years,...

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