05 May '11, 11pm

Ian

For decades sharks have been characterized as villains and the enemies of humanity in TV and film, creating a stereotype that has unjustly resulted in years of apathy about their survival. Yet despite the fact that sharks are the kings of the sea -- one of the ocean’s top predator species -- each year, more than 73 million sharks die so that their fins may be harvested for shark fin soup. In recent years the demand for shark fin soup has skyrocketed, as the dish -- once reserved as a delicacy for the Chinese elite -- has become more commonplace. As a result, shark finning has become extremely lucrative, and unfortunately for sharks, very common. Shark finning is the practice of cutting off a shark’s fins and dumping the remainder of the animal -- usually still alive -- to die a slow death as they sink to the bottom of the ocean. The fins are sold at extremely high prices, ...

Full article: http://www.onearth.org/blog/73-million-sharks-need-your-help

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