08 Mar '12, 7pm

Did you know people are making boots out of manta rays?

Did you know people are making boots out of manta rays?

What’s driving the development of fisheries for manta rays? These animals are prized for several body parts , including their skin, which is made into “leather,” their gill rakers (bony structures inside their gills), which are ground to a powder for traditional Chinese medicine, and their cartilage, which is used as a filler in shark-fin soup. Demand for manta ray parts continues to rise, even though there are available substitutes for manta ray leather, gill rakers have been found to have no medicinal qualities, and cartilage adds no flavor to shark-fin soup.

Full article: http://oceana.org/en/blog/2012/03/stop-the-sale-of-manta-...

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