Monday, June 9, 2008

Shark fin soup causing shark numbers to plummet

The Sun-Sentinel has an interesting article on how the sale of shark fin soup is causing shark populations around the globe to drop precipitously. Shark finning is the cruel practice of cutting off the dorsal fin of sharks and throwing them back into the water where they die. Peter Knights, the executive director of WildAid, is quoted in the article as follows:
Sharks are the biggest mass slaughter of large wildlife happening on the planet today . . . Sharks have been around for 400 million years, and we're looking at basically wiping them out in one human generation.
The U.S. outlawed finning is 2000.

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