10 Jun '11, 10pm

Sharks are in serious trouble because of shark finning-- some populations are nearly extinct.

Sharks are in serious trouble as a result of the international shark fin trade, with some populations declined by 99%. Why should you care? Because sharks are amazing creatures – they are more clever, curious, and intelligent than Jaws would have you believe – and they play an important role in keeping our ocean ecosystems working. Scientists estimate that 26 – 73 million sharks are killed each year for their fins , which are used to meet the exploding demand for shark fin soup. This is probably an underestimate , because much of the shark finning goes unreported. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) defines shark finning as “the removal and retention of shark fins and the discard at sea of the rest of the carcass.” The wasteful practice of finning and discarding shark bodies (using ony 2-5% of their bodies) is threatening sharks around the world. ...

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