Shark Finning is it killing us?
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Since: Mar 14
South Perth, Australia
#1 Mar 9, 2014
Every year over a million of sharks die a slow death because of finning. Finning is the practice of cutting off a sharks fins and throwing its still alive body back into the sea. The sharks either starve to death or are eaten alive by other fish or drown. Shark fins are being harvested in big numbers to feed the growing demand for shark fin soup mostly in the asian region.
No food chain or biological environment can function correctly, or healthily, without its predators. Sharks are at the top of the oceans food chain, and they need to remain there. Without sharks, octopus and seal populations are likely to boom out of control. Octopi and seals eat other marine animals, like fish and lobsters. If they continue to reproduce unchecked, they will begin to eradicate fish, lobster, and various crustacean populations around the world, wreaking havoc on the economies of fishing villages that rely on their catches to make a living, and eradicating a goodly part of the exports of the state of Maine.
Shark finning is also terrible because of one, terrifying reason: nobody cares. But people should. Because only with people will we be able to stop this. Only with people will we be able to save a species.
I'm no animal rights activist, and I eat meat on a weekly basis that I'm sure is not very humanely harvested, but disfiguring an animal and throwing it back into the water to die slowly sounds pretty messed up to me. So We need to do something about this issue. Sharks are not here for humans to torture for our pleasure but to keep a balance in the world.
I wanted to know what people thought about this practice is it right to eliminate sharks I would like to hear everyones opinions.
Since: Apr 13
Scappoose, Oregon USA
#2 Mar 9, 2014
Well of course it's not the right thing to do, I mean if you're going to kill a shark (or any other critter) then do it and be done with it! And I really don't understand wasting the entire shark, keeping only the fins. I mean they are edible! I've had shark steaks before, a very firm lean white meat. I'm just saying, waste is never a good thing and killing an animal slowly and cruelly is just unforgivable. It's just like when deer hunting, you always go for a fast-kill shot.
#3 Mar 9, 2014
Sickening. I had a hard time reading it.
#4 Mar 9, 2014
i don't care about shark fin soup. this should be made illegal. the original poster is very correct. sharks play a vital role in balancing the ecosystem.
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