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Originally Posted: 11 April 2009
Not On Our Menu - End Shark Finning
Urge the Secretary-General of the United Nations to take actions to end the killing of sharks, the largest slaughter of wildlife going on today. Sharks have survived for nearly 4 million years and it would be a massive tragedy if we wipe them out in a single human generation...all for the growing popularity of "shark fin soup."
Sign the online petition here
And/or contact Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations Secretary-General directly:
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
3 United Nations Plaza
New York, New York
phone (212) 963-8687
Photo from The Underwater Channel.tv
Every year tens of millions of sharks die a slow death because of finning. Finning is the inhumane practice of hacking off the shark's fins and throwing its still living body back into the sea. The sharks either starve to death, are eaten alive by other fish, or drown (if they are not in constant movement their gills cannot extract oxygen from the water). Shark fins are being "harvested" in ever greater numbers to feed the growing demand for shark fin soup, an Asian "delicacy".
Freshly hacked shark fin
Not only is the finning of sharks barbaric, but their indiscriminate slaughter at an unsustainable rate is pushing many species to the brink of extinction. Since the 1970s the populations of several species have been decimated by over 95%. Due to the clandestine nature of finning, records are rarely kept of the numbers of sharks and species caught. Estimates are based on declared imports to shark fin markets such as Hong Kong and China.
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