Hong Kong is one of the major importers of shark fins in the world. The increasing demands of the Chinese banquet delicacy of shark fin soup has fuelled the fisheries industry to slaughter more and more sharks for their fins.
The Chinese consider shark fin as a delicacy as well as a symbol of class and wealth. It is also thought that shark fins are considered to have medical benefits such as facilitating blood circulation and therefore are used in manufacturing Chinese medicine. However, the truth is that shark fins have no nutritional value and medical benefits. What's worse is that shark fins may even contain high levels of mercury, which can harm the bodies and damage the heath of consumers.
According to WWF, there are around 73 million sharks killed each year. Hong Kong is known as the centre of trade of lucrative shark fins, accountinf for 40% of the global trade. Please know your villains: SHARKS kill 12 PEOPLE per year but PEOPLE kill 11,417 SHARKS per hour. Removing a shark's fin and dumping the shark back into the sea doesn't make it any better than killing them. After dumping the finless shark bodies back into the sea, they either bleed or starve to death. The action itself is truly inhuman and barbaric.
In order to avoid public anger, traders have moved the location of drying shark fins from sidewalks to secluded roof tops. Hiding the ridiculously large number of shark fins is not solving the problem. This is a problem has to be faced seriously and looked into right this instant.
School textbooks convey a message to students that in order to facilitate sustainable development, sharks should not be killed for their fins. Students are even taught to say no to shark fin soup. When schools are educating students about the negative impacts brought by slaughtering sharks, why not take a step further and ban the trading of shark fins within Hong Kong? Despite great efforts shown in education and publicity, shark fins can still be seen in pharmacies, general food stores and restaurants. This is an urgent matter that needs immediate action. It is now time to stop the slaughtering of sharks.
Many species of sharks, such as the blue shark are currently endangered and are facing a great risk of extinction. Sharks, being the top predators of the marine ecosystem, keeps the population of other predators in check. Without them, food chains would be disrupted and the ecosystem would be disturbed.
It is time for you and me to do something. You can help too. Sign this petition to urge the government to ban the trading of shark fins within Hong Kong. Please act now. Every signature matters and every little step makes a great difference. Your involvement can contribute to a winning success. Please sign this petition now to stop the brutality of the industries and save the sharks.