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No More Fins Off Their Backs

Written by PETA | July 8, 2011

If the thought of sharks makes you envision a water skier meeting his end while the Jaws theme plays, think again. The reality is that there are only a handful of shark attacks around the world each year (only a few of which prove fatal), while humans kill about 73 million sharks a year. Hopefully that number will now take a dive, as the Bahamas has banned shark fishing and made 243,000 square miles of ocean into protected territory.  

So why do we kill 73 million sharks every year? It certainly isn’t in self-defense. One of the main reasons is to fulfill the demand for shark-fin soup. Since only the fin is desired, sharks are dragged to the surface, their fins are cut off, and they are thrown back into the ocean to slowly die from their injuries, stress, or suffocation.

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The United States, Canada, the European Union, and several other countries also have laws against shark finning. Only if compassionate people continue to decry shark fishing and refuse to purchase any shark meat or shark products (including shark cartilage supplements) will sharks be protected from the truly dangerous predators: people.   

Written by Michelle Sherrow


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  • Kaitlin Walters says:

    SAVE THE SHARKS!!! They are so over dramatized as cold animals when really there are hardly any shark attacks againist humans at all. No one deserves this. Save the Sharks, Dolphins, and Whales!!!<3

  • KALEY says:

    no more! SAVE THE SHARKS!

  • K.Cook says:

    We need to take a STANCE! SAVE THE SHARKS!

  • MA Moore says:

    Sharks play an important role in the marine ecosystem and should be protected from mindless slaughter!

  • Vera Schuster says:


  • Janet Downs says:

    I cant believe how cruel people can be,makes me ashamed to be human. I would do anything to stop animal cruelty.

  • [email protected] says:

    Im from british columbia……………..if you kill it you better NEED to eat it ALL.

  • MARY says:

    Please take heed of no longer cutting the fins of sharks.

  • DNF says:


  • Michelle says:

    This is a sickening disgrace. The image of that beautiful, terrified animal suffering needlessly makes my blood boil. These are innocent animals which have just as much right to live on this planet as we do. With the commercial fishing industry having caused horrific damage to the world’s oceans already, all marine life deserve our utmost respect and all protection. It is great to be vegan. Peace to All.

  • Liona Lin says:

    One effective way is to educate people at places in China like Guangzhou or Hongkong that how cruel and not cool this is.

  • felicianjames says:

    Looking into that shark’s eyes you can see the fear mostest doubt. I hope they suffer the same fate and that this comes to an end.!

  • rossana artioli says:

    S T O P !!!!! ABSOLUTELY terrible and shameful!! Shame!!

  • Dee says:

    What has this animal done to u? OMG that sick…

  • Diane Nelson says:

    Stop raping our are killing us in the process!! STOP IT!!!

  • Linda Gedney says:

    Please, please stop this barbaric practice, they have the right to be left unharmed. We are a despicable species, I am ashamed!

  • Selina Haigh says:

    This is disgusting, absolutely barbaric, the people that do this in order to meet the demands for this so called soup should be prosecuted, its cruelty.

  • Silvia Zuliani says:

    Do you see this poor shark”s eyes???!!!!!??????? It is Suffering!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Back in The ocean like that!!!! Not fair!!!!

  • Linda England says:

    This is HORRIBLE and has to STOP! How cruel and inhumane! Humans always come up with new ways to torture and kill animals!

  • roxana says:

    The dumbest thing about this is that shark fin tastes like nothing. The soup’s taste is given by all the other ingredients put in the soup, so you can have shark fin soup without the fin and it would taste exactly the same. I saw it on a show on Discovery.

  • Susanne says:

    sharks are on this planet for approximately 420 million years… and hopefully they will still be here after we are long gone

  • David Ager says:

    If you think this is cruel check out Sea Shepherd sites . At this time of year the annual ‘ grind ‘ takes place in the Faroe islands . Pods of dolphins are herded by boats and trapped and beached. They are then systematicly slaughtered by men women and children and the sea runs red with blood. They are slashed open, mothers with unborn calves lay on the beach amongst their dead babies. The Danish should be utterly ashamed. All this in the name of ‘ tradition ‘

  • Liz Norris says:

    Outraged it is still happening and not world wide ban.

  • Nicole Behrendt says:

    STOP IT – NOW !!!

  • Lesley Richardson says:


  • margaret says:

    just horrific! Please end this cruelty and make it illegal!!!!

  • Sharon Tobin says:

    When people can’t even be humane to other humans, how can we begin to expect them to be humane to animals. I get sickened by this needless cruelty to animals; I can barely find the words to express how much these people disgust me

  • Louise Broesky says:

    Please stop killing the whales. People do not need to eat shark fin soup!!!!

  • hellen a says:

    I live in Canada and while it’s illegal to shark fin the products can still be sold. They are trying to pass a bill late summer/ fall pohibitint sale of products too!

  • Carrie says:

    Poor things, I love sharks, how can people be so cruel