Shark Finning: The Consequences Of Shark Finning

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Shark finning is the practice whereby the fins of the sharks are sliced off and their remaining bodies are then thrown back to the ocean where the sharks would experience a slow agonising death; either the sharks would starve to death or would be slowly eaten by other predators. Millions of sharks are killed each year for their fins, which is only 5% of their whole body weight. These fins would then be transported globally just to satisfy the demand of the shark fin soup. As of late, there is an increase in the number of species listed by The World Conservation Union (IUCN) as endangered. ("Shark Education – Shark Finning Facts") Population of sharks have decimated over the years, with over 100 million of sharks are slaughtered annually at a rate of 11,000 sharks per hour. This statistics are based on the certified research done by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). However, unreported and unregulated shark finning is inevitable since some governments are unable to identify the poachers. Therefore, the estimated decimation of sharks are higher than expected. Ironically, an average of only 5 people are killed by sharks annually. (Shark Project – Situation and Facts") Sharks, being one of the oldest creatures to have ever inhabited earth have existed for almost 450 million years. Their existence dates back to even before the conditions on earth were almost uninhabitable whereby there

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