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More Nations Stepping up to Save Sharks!
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More Nations Stepping up to Save Sharks!

Posted 14 July 2011   by         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: Sharks, shark fin soup, activism, fish, oceans

More good news for animals abroad! Hot on the heels of other nations stepping up to save the sharks of the world, this week Chile banned the finning of sharks. But wait, it gets better! Just last week the Bahamas banned the fishing of sharks completely!

Now before the Jaws theme pops into your head (oops! Too late!), some amazing divers are out to show sharks aren't the man eating monters of movies, but in fact are actually pretty shy. Like our canine companions, sharks also have an incredible sense of smell, and wait for it, the NZ Swell Shark even barks like a dog!

So what's the sad situation with sharks? Soup! Yep, you read that right - soup! The demand for an expensive dish known as Shark Fin Soup sees millions of sharks killed - all for their fins.

Considered so much of a delicacy in China that, in a fisherman's eyes, it renders every other part of a shark's body as worthless, one bowl of the bland broth can fetch up to $400!

So fishing boats head out and catch millions of sharks. In some cases, a shark is hauled up on deck, her fins are hacked off, before she is tossed back overboard, alive, in agony and slowly sinking to her death.

Not only is this insanely cruel, but the practice has seen some shark populations plummet by 90% - sharks are literally swimming on a knife's edge!

Thankfully more and more governments worldwide are recognising this cruelty too. Other island nations, like Honduras, Maldives and Palau have also declared their seas safe for sharks, and the US states, Hawaii and Washington, and the Canadian city, Brantford have banned the sale of shark fin.

But here in Australia, you can wander into any number of Chinese restaurants and order shark fin soup straight off the menu.

So here's how you can help! If you're out for dinner and see this cruel dish on the menu, you can send a strong message by politely explaining to the waiter or manager why you are leaving. Tell them if they stop selling shark fin soup you'll be back and you'll bring your friends!

If you know of any awesome Asian eateries that have already taken shark fin off the menu, let us know below!

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OinkMoo OinkMoo 15 July 2011
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clap This is great news!! thanks for sharing clap
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blackroses62 blackroses62 23 July 2011
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i always fight for the sharks!!!!!!!!! sharks r an amazing creatures and who ever decides that doing such things to shraks is ok should think abt what if the sahrk and u switched place and u were the one being killed like that?? how would u feel??
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Tarzi Tarzi 19 August 2011
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I have to admit...I am scared of sharks. But they deserve to live! And they don't even do anything to people..unless they are disturbed.
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Kathleen4 Kathleen4 12 September 2011
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Hello
Does anyone know if the Shark Fin group of restaurants in Melbourne actually do use fins?
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Madhu1 Madhu1 9 August 2013
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Human beings will eat any living being as long as its not human!
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