Human Crimes Against Animals, Part 29 - Shark Finning
An Animal Rights Article from


Dave Bernazani

(Hawaii, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan) – Sharks are caught, fins cut off, and released alive to die an agonizing death as they drown. This is the equivalent of cutting the wings off of birds or the legs off of land animals to eat, and leaving them to die a slow, agonizing death.

Who’s fighting it:, HSUS, WildAid, Sea Shepherd, Greenpeace,,,,, National Geographic,, IUCN Shark Specialist Group, The Ocean Conservancy.

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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”. 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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