Christmas came early for sharks, as Congress took the last step on 12/21/10 to pass a ban on shark finning. The Shark Conservation Act improves the existing law originally intended to prevent shark finning, and it also allows the U.S. to take action against countries whose shark finning restrictions are not as strenuous.
Every year tens of millions of sharks die a slow death because of finning. Finning is the inhumane practice of hacking off the shark's fins and throwing its still living body back into the sea. Shark fins are being "harvested" in ever greater numbers to feed the growing demand for shark fin soup, an Asian "delicacy".
Not only is the finning of sharks barbaric, but their indiscriminate slaughter at an unsustainable rate is pushing many species to the brink of extinction. Since the 1970s the populations of several species have been decimated by over 95%. Research indicates that about 100 million sharks are killed each year by humans -- roughly 11,000 sharks every hour, around the clock.
The consequences of the decline in shark populations on ocean life are immense. Sharks have swum the world’s oceans since before the dinosaurs. They inhabit almost every ocean on Earth and are vital to the health of our planet. The large shark species are "apex" predators and ecological stablisers. If you remove apex predators from an ecosystem the result is total collapse.
Source: Stop Shark Finning
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