The connection between declining shark populations and finning is tragically clear. Each year, up to 73 million sharks are stripped of their fins and thrown back to the ocean to die a painful and prolonged death.
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"Shark Week" has become such a phenomenon that it has drawn more than 20 million viewers each year since 1995. Unfortunately, sharks are increasingly scarce across the world's oceans due in large part to the appetite for shark fin soup.
Observing these spectacular animals in the wild is a wake-up call that sharks around the world need our help. Sharks are hunted ferociously for their fins. Millions are killed every year, the result being that many species are now threatened with extinction.
We kill an estimated 23 to 76 million sharks each year, almost entirely for the sake of shark fin soup, which has recently boomed in popularity. Right now the California State Senate is considering a bill, AB 376, that would end the fin trade there.
Even a hardy band of shark attack survivors is supporting shark fin soup bans. It's time for all consumers to do our part by telling our representatives to end trade in shark fins and asking fishmongers and restaurants not to sell them.