Canada is the first of the G20 countries to fully ban shark fin trade.
This is a significant issue, as Canada was once the largest importer of shark fins outside Asia (according to Statistics Canada, in 2018, 148,241 kg of shark fins with a market value of over EUR 2 million were imported). Will other countries now follow suit and help prevent the slaughter of millions of sharks a year for a bowl of soup?
Photo by Brett Lobwein for Sea Shepherd
Meanwhile, Sea Shepherd continues to protect sharks around the world by stopping poachers in direct-action campaigns, uncovering bycatch violations and stopping illegal fishing.
Other countries have also issued bans on finning; these include Ecuador, Malaysia, USA or New Zealand. However, the prohibitions are often undermined and practically not monitored in the vast expanses of international waters.
Shark fins are still traded worldwide despite the brutality of the catch.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Indonesia is the largest shark exporter with 13 percent of world shark. Spain follows as the first European country in third place worldwide.
Giant sharks reach a size of up to ten meters in length, and their fins are up to two meters long. Such fins can reach prices up to $ 15,000. The Great White Shark has other “souvenirs” that can be used to make money.
The international trade with its jaws and teeth reduces the population’s concern. There are already sums of money: the jaws bring a revenue of up to $ 50,000 and a single tooth an average of $ 60.
Due to increasing demand for their fins, 100 million sharks are killed each year.
The brutal “shark finning” has long been severely condemned by environmental and animal welfare organizations. The sharks are caught alive with longlines and taken aboard.
There, the fins are cut off from the living animal. Then the shark is again thrown overboard into the water.
The animal is miserably destroyed. Without movement no oxygen-rich water gets into the gills, the shark suffocates.
My comment: And we’ve been told that shark is a monster, the most dangerous animal in the world.
Around 70 people are attacked by sharks a year. In the year 100 million of these intelligent animals die a tumultuous death from human hand.
Most grotesque is that only 4% of their body, the rafts, are eaten, the rest is “waste”, does not bring money and ends up as a waste in the sea.
End product rafts for shark rafts soup, and we have
A tragedy with 100 million victims a year and 180 shark species on the red list.
The human species is an animal species acting in principle with the fascist ideology of the ruler, and therefore the most dangerous and abominable species on this planet.
My best regards to all, Venus