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Beachgoers in NSW made a shocking discovery last August. They found a mutilated shark on the shore, close to death. The grey nurse (a type of shark which is critically endangered) had had her fins sliced off, the victim of an illegal industry. Sharks all over the world face this type of treatment as well as the threat of extinction, all for a bowl of soup!

Even though hacking fins off sharks is illegal in Australia, the sale of shark-fin soup in restaurants ISN'T! The soup is very expensive and so the prices paid for shark fins makes it tempting for some fishers to target sharks.

The practise is bigger than you might think, too. Every year, 73 million sharks are killed by humans. That works out to be 200,000 sharks killed every single day! These magnificent animals have outlived the dinosaurs, and now they need your help.

The good news is that New York has just completely banned the sale and possession of shark fins and you can help Australia to do the same. All you have to do is tweet or post one of the facts below which will help spread the word against shark-finning. It takes less than a minute, you'll be helping sharks, and you won't even get your feet wet!

TWITTER (simply click the fact you want and it'll take you straight to twitter)

Sharks w/o fins sink and slowly suffocate to death. No animal deserves that. Ban shark-fin sales in Aus http://www.unleashed.org.au/take_action/ban-shark-finning @AAUnleashed

Female sharks can reproduce w/out a male. Save these virgins from sacrifice! Ban shark-fin sales in Aus http://www.unleashed.org.au/take_action/ban-shark-finning @AAUnleashed

Sharks can swim while sleeping. It's much harder without fins tho! Ban shark-fin sales in Aus http://www.unleashed.org.au/take_action/ban-shark-finning @AAUnleashed

Sharks have been around for over 34m years! Dont let em die out on our watch! Ban shark-fin sales in Aus http://www.unleashed.org.au/take_action/ban-shark-finning @AAUnleashed

FACEBOOK (just copy and paste the one you like into fb. Easy!)

A shark without fins will sink to the ocean floor and slowly suffocate to death. No animal deserves that. Ban shark-fin sales in Australia. http://www.unleashed.org.au/take_action/ban-shark-finning

Did you know that female sharks can (sometimes) reproduce without needing a male?? Save these virgins from sacrifice! Ban the sale of shark-fin soup in Australia. http://www.unleashed.org.au/take_action/ban-shark-finning 

Did you know that sharks can swim while they're sleeping?? It's much harder without fins though! Ban shark-fin sales in Australia. http://www.unleashed.org.au/take_action/ban-shark-finning

Sharks have been on Earth for 34 million years! Don't let 'em die out on our watch! Ban shark-fin sales in Australia. http://www.unleashed.org.au/take_action/ban-shark-finning

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