Save the Sharks

Wildlife — By on June 5, 2009 at 6:58 am
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Save the sharks... or else!

Shark finning is a deadly practice that is threatening some of the oldest species on Earth.  Each year, 100 million sharks are killed for their fins.  And its not a quick or painless death.  Some estimate that sharks suffer for days before finally dying as a result of this cruel slaughter.

While it may be hard for some people to get behind preservation efforts for what many believe to be a deadly predator (ever seen the movie “Jaws”?), in fact there are 375 different species of sharks, some of which are not aggressive at all.  In addition, many shark species are intelligent and can even be trained like dolphins.  Perhaps most importantly, however, is the fact that sharks are vital to the ocean ecosystem.  As their numbers decline, the entire balance of the marine environment will shift.

After surviving 400 million years on Earth, it hardly seems fair that sharks now should be wiped out by human greed and misperceptions.  Did you know that you have a greater chance of getting struck by lightning than suffering a shark bite?  Much like airplane crashes, shark attacks are widely publicized, fueling fear and misunderstanding of the true risks.

We need sharks, just like we need other predators like lions, snakes and bears to keep prey in check.

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Stop shark finning

Shark fining is not the only threat to the sharks.  Some use the skin for leather goods, teeth and jaws for jewelry or other adornments.  Shark cartilage is also highly valued for medicinal or makeup purposes.  But overall, the reason for such extreme numbers of sharks being killed each year is the demand for Shark Fin Soup, which carries a high price tag (and profit margin for the restaurants) in some Asian countries.

You can stop shark finning!  There are a few simple things you can do to save the sharks.

First, do not eat shark fin soup – and avoid any restaurants that serve it.

Second, find out whether your country is one of the 17 that bans shark finning.  If not, write your government representative to urge them to adopt new laws prohibiting the practice.  Also demand that your country not permit the sale or import/export of shark fins.  For additional support, you can take part in a letter-writing campaign to the Secretary General of the United Nations to push for international bans to stop shark finning.

Third, there are a number of dedicated websites at which you can obtain additional information or sign petitions to save the sharks.  Check out seashepard.org, oceana.org, wildaid.com, sharkwater.com and care2.com.  Sign a petition and pass it along to your friends and family.  Don’t elect to just stand-by while the slaughter needlessly continues.

Not convinced yet that we need to save the sharks?  Watch this last clip from Sharkwater and then let me know what you think:

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4 Comments

  1. Magnus Persson says:

    Hi

    every time i see this clip my stummic turns over and im close to tears, i have seen the movie shark water several times and its just sick and unbeliveble how humans just think of money and not in the animals and ouer future.

    I have to say that you are doing a fantastic job and i hope that we can win this war some day before its too late.

    I try to do every thing i can to support the save the sharks projects, now when i saw this i got some new ideas how to help.. thanks..

    Let me know if and how we can do some thing to help.

    Best regards

    Magnus Persson

    Sweden

  2. Vanessa says:

    That is so unbelievable cruel and disgusting. I think those workers should have their limbs sawed off while they’re alive. I hope this brings more awareness to this cause and we can save some of these majestic animals.

  3. Thank you for helping to spread the word. The fact that SO many beautiful creatures are killed so people can look important eating an expensive bowl of soup is appalling. We really need to save the sharks. The world will be far less interesting without sharks, and they are vital to the healthy functioning of our oceans’ ecosystems. SAVE THE SHARKS!!!

  4. kylee says:

    i cried as they killed those sharks, i cried out of sadness and anger. they dont realize how they are quickly destroying the oceans and even if they do/ did i dont think it would stop them because they are in it for the money makes me so mad. thank you for spreading the word and i will to as i hope everyone else who views this does.

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