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Shark Finning

What Do You Really Know About Shark Finning?

Samantha_Harris | Posted 03.05.2013 | Green
Samantha_Harris

How is a shark finned? A shark is caught, its fin is cut off and the shark is thrown back into the ocean, alive, to drown to death. The remnants of thousands of dead sharks -- brutally killed -- are sitting on shelves of Chinatowns all over the United States.

European Parliament Votes To Ban Shark Finning

AP | RAF CASERT | Posted 01.22.2013 | Green

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union took a major step to protect sharks on Thursday, banning the brutal practice of hacking off their fins before thr...

Costa Rica to Take a Bite Out of Global Shark Finning

Leila Monroe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Leila Monroe

Costa Rica is often applauded for its progressive environmental policies and peaceful democracy. I know it as a Mecca of sustainable tourism and perfect surf breaks. Yet the brutal, enormously profitable shark fin trade has prospered in Costa Rica's waters and ports since the late-1990's, making this tropical Central American country a key outpost in the global shark fin trade.

Shark Species Hit Hard By Finning In The Gulf

AP | MICHAEL CASEY | Posted 12.19.2012 | Green

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Armed with a clip board and wearing bright yellow waders, Rima Jabado looked the part of a government inspector a...

Costa Rica Bans Shark Finning

Reuters | Posted 12.10.2012 | Green

By Isabella Cota MANUEL ANTONIO, Costa Rica, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Costa Rica on Wednesday passed a blanket ban on shark finning, in whic...

Why Jaws Made Me Care About Sharks

Greg Stone | Posted 10.14.2012 | Green
Greg Stone

I am hard pressed to meet a colleague that has not been affected by this film. In addition, the public fascination with sharks spurred by Jaws helped lead to a dramatic uptick in shark research that has shaped how we understand the ocean today.

Surviving the Shark

Jonathan Kathrein | Posted 09.26.2012 | Green
Jonathan Kathrein

We all know sharks live in the ocean, but we don't expect to see one. And yet an image in our minds causes us to fear that a shark might be checking us out. Sometimes that feeling is true. Or was it only seaweed?

The Year of the Dragon Heralds a Shift for Sharks

Francesca Koe | Posted 09.16.2012 | Green
Francesca Koe

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.

WATCH: Whale Shark Chows Down On Easy Dinner

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 07.17.2012 | Green

Talk about making the most of an opportunity. A whale shark in the waters off Indonesia capitalized on the chance for an easy dinner by sucking fish s...

Is It Worse Than They Thought?

AP | Posted 09.08.2012 | Green

ROME (AP) — A pro-environment group says the world's shark populations are in worse trouble than previously thought. The Pew Environm...

Illinois Adopts Ban On Shark Fin Trade

Posted 07.02.2012 | Chicago

Illinois became the first inland state, fifth in the U.S., to pass a comprehensive ban against the trade, sale or distribution of shark fins on Sunday...

Keeping Fins Where They Belong: On Sharks in the Wild

Francesca Koe | Posted 07.02.2012 | Green
Francesca Koe

Every year up to 73 million sharks are killed, tens of millions for their fins alone. Illinois is the fifth state in America to ban the sale, trade, possession and distribution of shark fins.

Protecting Sharks From Senseless Slaughter

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 01.07.2013 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

When humans brutally massacre sharks for their fins (finning them alive and throwing them back into the sea) food webs unravel.

Think of the Shark

Wallace J Nichols | Posted 08.27.2012 | Green
Wallace J Nichols

You can never comprehend the ocean until you feel the shark.

Last Country In The Americas Bans Shark Finning

Posted 06.22.2012 | Green

By Douglas Main, OurAmazingPlanet Staff Writer: Some much-needed good news for sharks has come from Venezuela this week: The South American country...

In Indonesia, Community Patrol Shuts Down Shark Crimes

Greg Stone | Posted 07.11.2012 | Green
Greg Stone

In an incident last week, 33 poachers were caught red-handed within the borders of the Kawe MPA, an area which is under local, regional, and national protection and over 97 percent of which is entirely closed to fishing.

Shark Fin Legislation -- Long Overdue

Jupp Baron Kerckerinck zur Borg | Posted 04.25.2012 | Green
Jupp Baron Kerckerinck zur Borg

Shark fin soup was initially served in China as a symbol of great wealth; shark fins were rarely available and so the soup was a luxury dish. Developm...

Shark Fin Soup Isn't Just Bad For Sharks

Posted 02.25.2012 | Green

By Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer: The destruction of sharks for shark fin soup has helped put many wild species of the fish on the ro...

Florida: It's Time to Do More to Protect Sharks

Adrian Grenier | Posted 04.22.2012 | Green
Adrian Grenier

Did you know that it's currently legal in Florida to sell, possess and distribute shark fins? This needs to change.

Famous Faces Help Boost Animal Rights In China

AP | ALEXA OLESEN | Posted 04.22.2012 | Green

BEIJING (AP) — Celebrities like basketball star Yao Ming have helped energize China's animal rights movement by speaking out against shark fin soup ...

PETA: Don't Give Stars To Restaurants That Serve Foie Gras, Shark Fin Soup

Posted 02.08.2012 | Food

There are plenty of reasons to dislike the Michelin Guide -- one can claim that it has a bias toward extremely expensive restaurants, that its descrip...

Protecting Threatened Animals in Virginia

Laura Donahue | Posted 04.03.2012 | DC
Laura Donahue

This year is gearing up to be a busy one. From lions to sharks to foxes to snakes, we'll be pushing for legislation that increases protections for the animals in Virginia who deserve our compassion.

Will Illinois Become The Next State To Ban Shark Fin?

Posted 02.01.2012 | Chicago

Illinois may soon follow in the footsteps of California and three other states by moving to ban the possession, sale, trade or distribution of shark f...

Shark Attacked, Media Bites Rosie O'Donnell

Carl Safina | Posted 03.14.2012 | Green
Carl Safina

A bit of a splash erupted on the Web yesterday in the form of photos showing a boat displaying two hammerheads. One was a shark. The other was the celebrity, Rosie O'Donnell.

PHOTOS: A Search For Sharks Off Papua New Guinea

Tony Wu | Posted 03.07.2012 | Travel
Tony Wu

Humans may be rare here, but marine life abounds. Many of the reefs are rich and dense with life beyond description.