Why would anyone ever kill a shark for its fins?
And cut it off and let it drop to the bottom for a slow and painful death!
There are many different type of animals that are hunted from beneath the ocean’s surface. From the larger fish to clams and oysters, many of us have heard of these options of fishing.
You may not, however, have heard about the practice of killing sharks for their fins alone. The following explains the practice of shark finning, why these fins are wanted, the problems with this practice, and what we can do to stop it.
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What Is Shark Finning?
Shark finning is the process by which a shark’s fin is literally removed from the shark’s body. This can occur while the shark is dead or is alive but stabilized. The fisherman will remove the shark fin and keep it, while throwing the shark back into the water.
Without this fin, the shark if not dead will simply sink to the bottom where it will die from traumas or from starvation.
Why Shark Fins?
The process by which shark fins are removed may seem a bit barbaric, and it is. So why do these hunters risk prosecution and participate in this gruesome task? The reason is that there is great money to be made from shark fins.
Shark fins are used in soups and other perceived delicacies which sell at hundreds of dollars a plate.
This is an astronomical return on the shark fin, making it a profitable venture. The shark fins are not used for their flavors either. They are instead used to give the food its texture with other products being added for the actual flavor of the soup.
Problems With Shark Finning
There are many problems associated with the practice of shark finning. One of these is the humanitarian element. Many times, shark finning is done, as aforementioned, while the shark is still conscious and alive. This means that the animals suffer greatly as they can feel the pain caused by the knife being inserted into their skin.
Another reason that there is a problem with shark finning is that it is not legal in all areas of the world.
Anyone who participates in this activity where it is illegal to do so is at risk of being prosecuted. Finally, shark finning kills millions of sharks each year.
As a result, the ocean’s ecosystem is disturbed, threatening the lives of many other creatures.
What To Do
Many people are looking for ways to stop this practice of shark finning.
One of the ways we can accomplish this is to educated on the matter. The more people who, understand what is really happening and why this is so damaging for the ecosystem and our world, the better.
Finally, but most importantly, you can participate by supporting nonprofit organizations and other activists groups that try to put an end to this brutal practice.
Stop Shark Finning is doing amazing work!
What do you do to safe the sharks? Even the smallest gesture can help!