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NOT FOR SENSITIVE EYES

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".

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%. Due to the clandestine nature of finning, records are rarely kept of the numbers of sharks and species caught. Estimates are based on declared imports to shark fin markets such as Hong Kong and China.

Because of the increasing popularity of shark fin soup and hunting sharks for fun people use live dogs and cats for bait. They hook cats and dogs by using their scruff or paws and throw them the water. The noise of the cats and/or dogs in the water splashing around attracts the sharks. DO NOT click on the link unless you are prepared to watch this.

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