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Shark finning : Stop eating shark soup : Movie Sharkwater Extinction (2018) is an eye opener

Shark finning is a very heartless act, it is the process of slicing off a shark’s fin and discarding the rest of the still-living body, often by dumping it back into the ocean. How would you feel as human if both legs get cut off leaving you to at one spot to bleed and die? According to ocean find your blue Shark fins are tempting targets for fishermen because they have high monetary and cultural value. They are used in a popular dish called shark fin soup, which is a symbol of status in Chinese culture. In the past, Chinese Emperors favored the soup as a dish that honored guests because it was thought to have medicinal benefits and represented a victory against powerful sharks. This popularity has not faded with time and has even expanded with China's growing population. Today shark fin soup is still prevalent and has become a staple for more than just emperors on special occasions. As a result, fishermen have a large incentive to gather and sell shark fins.

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Do you know these sharks struggle to swim and bleed to death? I can't imagine how painful it feels but at the same time, this has to stop. We are also killing ourselves as humans. However, animal cruelty implications are not the only reason to stop this practice. Another major factor is that shark fisheries—and finning in particular—are having catastrophic effects on shark populations around the world. Approximately 100 million sharks are killed globally each year, and one of the major incentives for this is the shark fin trade. With their slow growth and low reproductive rates, sharks are highly susceptible to extinction, and it is difficult for many shark species to replenish their populations as quickly as they are being diminished. Many species of sharks are currently in danger due to shark finning, including the scalloped hammerhead, which is endangered, and the smooth hammerhead, which is vulnerable according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Between 1.3 and 2.7 million of just these two sharks are killed every year in the shark fin trade, and the northwestern Atlantic population of the scalloped hammerhead declined from around 155,500 in 1981 to 26,500 in 2005. Today, some shark populations have decreased by 60-70% due to human shark fisheries. Sharks are critical to the ecosystems we are doing ourselves long time harm.




Shark finning is a million dollar industry, our government needs to regulate this. Sharks are being sold to us without us knowing, meals are restaurants renamed meanwhile shark was used in making the meal, animal feeds, cosmetics and lots more have been tested to have Shark DNAs in them.

Yet cultural values are slow to change, even with growing support to ban shark fishing from governments and celebrities. Many restaurants and hotels around the world continue to sell shark fin soup. One 2012 survey found that only six percent of luxury hotels in the Chinese cities of Beijing, Shenzhen, and Fuzhou had stopped serving the dish.
The Movie Sharkwater Extinction(2018) is an eye opener and everyone needs to see this movie.

4 comments

  1. I fully support this! Thanks for your detailed review! :)

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  2. I know about this problem and I agree with everything you wrote. Killing sharks for their fins is cruel and it has a devastating effect on the shark population. Sharks have their place in the eco-system and they are important for preservation of our oceans. We need to protect sharks!

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