‘Free the Sharks’ Week 2012
As the ocean’s most aggressive predators, sharks continue to intrigue and frighten humans. Their undeserved reputation for killing humans continues to grow in the media, but who’s really killing whom? Approximately 73 million sharks a year are slaughtered for their teeth, jaws, and fins, simply for human fascination. This fascination not only causes the unnecessary deaths of millions of sharks, but also results in the unnatural imprisonment of sharks at SeaWorld. Celebrate Shark Week by speaking up for these misunderstood animals.
Shark Finning: Coldblooded Cruelty for Hot Soup
Every day, fishers catch sharks, cut off their fins, and throw the still-living sharks back into the ocean to bleed to death. This happens to millions of sharks every year around the world, just so that their fins can end up in a bowl of soup. Sharks are being pushed closer to extinction—95 percent of many species’ populations have been killed since the 1970s.
In many places, including in the U.S., shark-finning is illegal, but selling shark fins isn’t. In fact, a bowl of shark-fin soup can sell for between $70 and $150. For some species, such as the whale shark and basking shark, a single fin can fetch between $10,000 and $20,000.
How You Can Help Sharks
Stop the demand by going vegan! By going vegan, you could save 100 animals per year from unnecessary pain and death. Sign the pledge stating that you’re going vegan and let everyone know that you love sharks by tweeting one of the facts below.
- Sharks have been around longer than dinosaurs and humans; now they’re stuck at SeaWorld.
- The average shark lives to be 25 years old. In captivity, some only live a few DAYS because of stress.
- Sharks living in frigid waters can warm up their eyes using a special organ next to a muscle in their eye socket.
- In the wild, sharks swim hundreds of miles a day, but at SeaWorld they’re confined to tiny tanks, in which all they can do is swim back and forth all day.
- Only 64 deaths from great white shark attacks were reported between 1580 and 2007, but last year, humans killed 73 million sharks.
SeaWorld: A Prison for Sharks
Sharks are denied everything that is natural and important to them at SeaWorld. In the wild, they swim hundreds of miles a day, but at SeaWorld, they’re confined to tiny tanks in which all they can do is swim back and forth all day.
In the wild, their athletic abilities are astounding. Great white sharks can jump up to 10 feet in the air, but in captivity, they have no room for athletics. They also don’t get to show their softer side. Some species of sharks, including whale sharks, have big families. A whale shark was once found carrying 300 live shark pups all at once!
How You Can Help Sharks
Do you want to help sharks and the other animals imprisoned at SeaWorld? Visit SeaWorld Of Hurt to learn the truth about SeaWorld and help animals who are forced to live in tiny tanks, far away from their ocean homes.
With all the pain and suffering that humans inflict on sharks, it’s only a matter of time before sharks seek revenge. Go vegan and save not only your own life but a shark’s, too!