We want sharks in our oceans!
  • Petitioned STOP SHARK FINNING!

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Stop Shark Finning!
STOP SHARK FINNING!

We want sharks in our oceans!

    1. Kirsty Wood
    2. Petition by

      Kirsty Wood

      Turre, Spain

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. The sharks either starve to death, are eaten alive by other fish, or drown (if they are not in constant movement their gills cannot extract oxygen from the water). Shark fins are being "harvested" in ever greater numbers to feed the growing demand for shark fin soup, an Asian "delicacy". Overfishing is putting many sharks at risk of extinction. Please help us stop this!

Demand for “Shark Fin Soup” has rocketed in recent years due to the increased prosperity of China and other countries in the Far East. Shark Fin Soup, which can easily cost $100 a bowl, is often served at wedding celebrations so that the hosts can impress their guests with their affluence. Because there is such a high demand for shark fins, traders can make a lot of money from shark fin, but it is the restaurant owners who really “make a killing” in this foul trade.

Fishermen are only interested in the fins because shark meat is of low economical value and takes up too much space in the hold. It also contains urea, which turns to ammonia once the shark has died and contaminates other fish.

Shark fin itself is tasteless; it just provides a gelatinous bulk for the soup which is flavored with chicken or other stock. Many people, especially the consumers, are unaware of the suffering that fining causes.

What effect has fining had on shark populations?

To put it bluntly, shark populations have been decimated. Globally. Tens of millions of sharks are slaughtered every year to satisfy the demand for shark fin soup; at least 8,000 tons of shark fins are shipped to restaurants around the world. Fishermen report that sharks are getting smaller because they are not being given time to mature. Shark populations take a long time to recover as they can take over seven years to reach maturity and they only raise one or two pups a year. Twenty species of sharks are listed as endangered by the World Conservation Union (IUCN). In a few years many species of shark could become extinct if action is not taken immediately. Populations of many shark species have fallen by over 90%. Since 1972 the number of black tip sharks has fallen by 93%, tiger sharks by 97% and bull sharks, dusky sharks and smooth hammerheads by 99%.

What will happen to the oceans of sharks become extinct?

The consequences of the decline in shark populations on ocean life are immense. The large shark species are “apex” predators, they are ecological stabilizers, and once they are gone the entire ocean life cycle will be disrupted.  For example along the US East Coast where large sharks such as black tip and tiger sharks have been virtually eliminated, there have been declines in shellfish numbers and a reduction in water quality (shellfish filter sea water). Populations of small sharks, rays and skates have increased rapidly, consuming shellfish at an unsustainable rate. If you remove apex predators from an ecosystem the result is the same as removing the foundations from a building – there will be a total collapse.

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    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. this needs to change, before its too late

      Kirsty Wood
      Petition Organizer

      understand the consequence

    3. A step in the right direction!

      Kirsty Wood
      Petition Organizer

      Today, with the signature of Governor Pat Quinn, Illinois becomes the fourth state in the continental US, and the second largest, to ban the sale, trade, possession, and distribution of shark fins.
      The measure (House Bill 4119) was introduced in the Illinois House of Representatives by Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) and has since passed the House with a vote of 81-33 and the State Senate with a vote of 41-13.
      Illinois joins Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, California, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands, where similar legislation has been passed.
      The ban will take effect on January 1, 2013.

    4. Reached 100 signatures
    5. It breaks my heart

      Kirsty Wood
      Petition Organizer

      Please help these helpless creatures

    6. Watch the video, something has to be done.

      Kirsty Wood
      Petition Organizer

      This video has some graphic content. This is the reality of what is really going on in the world and some people don't even know about.

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    • H B BURLINGTON, VT
      • over 1 year ago

      let these sharks live and happy and one more thing is stop doing is shark finning right now that's is wrong thing to do.

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    • susi-alice schuldt ARRECIFE, SPAIN
      • over 1 year ago

      Sharks are beautiful and amazing animals. and we have to help them.

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    • gonzalo saravia MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY
      • over 1 year ago

      ANIMALS ARE FREE

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    • Gines Ochoa Fraile MURCIA, SPAIN
      • over 1 year ago

      Creo que es una brutalidad que se maten a millones de tiburones, solo por sus aletas. Quiero que se conserve el medio ambiente, aunque sean tiburones, para que lo puedan conocer mis hijos.

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    • Simon Boyle TATWORTH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      Please stop this ignorant backward barbaric practise.

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