Shark finning is a cruel practice that involves cutting off the fins of live sharks and discarding them back into the ocean. Sharks need to swim for their gills to work, which means that after having their fin removed, the shark sinks to the ocean floor to be eaten alive or slowly drown.
All of this is done to meet the demand for shark fin soup, and this cruel dish is now available in Australian restaurants. There are no laws against shark fin soup or the selling of shark fins.
While in other Australian states, the law requires that fishermen bring sharks back to shore before finning them, in Western Australia fishermen are legally allowed to cut off shark’s fins at sea, as long as they bring back a certain ratio of shark meat with the fins. Irrespective of how or when the sharks’ fins are cut from their bodies, the sharks still suffer- all for the sake of a momentary taste.
Not only do Australian fisheries fin sharks to meet Australian demand, they also export the fins. In the 2011-2012 financial year, Australia exported 178 tonnes of shark fin to Hong Kong, the Philippines and Singapore. With a rate like this, shark fin soup is a serious threat to shark populations.
WHAT CAN I DO?
The quickest way to stop the exploitation and abuse of chickens is to stop supporting these industries. If you see Shark Fin Soup on the menu at a restaurant, let the management know what a cruel and unnecessary practice shark finning is and take your business elsewhere. As a consumer, the power is in your hands to choose not to support the industries that inflict cruelty on animals. Share your concerns with friends, family and others about what the issues are.You can also contact your local MP’s to voice your concern.
HOW CAN I HELP?
The most powerful tool we have to help animals is our voice. Once we learn about the cruel ways humans use animals for greed, profit or pleasure we need to help educate and inform others. To learn more about how to go vegan, go to veganeasy.org.
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