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What you can do!


The Major Issues and Solutions:

1) The negative image of sharks causes irrational fear and misconceptions.
Solutions: create and support realistic media and provide education.

2) The Trade of fins is the reason millions of sharks are killed every year.
Solutions: reduce the demand for soup and ban the trade and sale of fins.

3) Overfishing is wiping out sharks all over the world.
Solutions: Create areas of full protection through the creation of shark sanctuaries and reduce catch and by-catch of sharks through fin trade and fishing regulations.

All of this is easier said than done!


We are all part of the problem AND part of the solution. The best time to take action is NOW!

Support the work of Shark Allies. Our non-profit organization continues to fight for sharks:

Help us take our documentary Extinction Soup around the world. Funding will enable us to promote the film, to organize screening events and to produce additional language versions and subtitles. Spread the word. Encourage others to watch the film.

Use Social media to bring people to our Facebook pages and websites :

There are many ways to take action:

1) Help reduce shark fin soup and shark meat consumption

- Don’t order shark fin soup. It is represented as a "delicacy" and symbol of status. In reality it has almost no taste and no nutritional value except for the broth and ingredients it is cooked in.

- Tell your family and business associates "I am FINished with Fins". This WildAid / SharkSavers campaign gives you all the material you need to stop serving shark fin soup at your event.

FINished with Fins

FINished with Fins Chinese version

- Ask restaurants to stop serving the soup and don't support establishments and events that serve shark fin soup. This list has a good summary of restaurants by region:

Animal Welfare Institute List of restaurants

- Learn why shark fins are bad for your health.

Mercury report/

Shark Truth - shark fin alternatives and shark fin free weddings

Sign the Shark Pledge:

- Stop eating shark meat. Lots of shark meat is sold under misleading names: Shark Product Names

2) Support regulations that ban the sale and trade of shark fins

Check the status of legislation in your State and how to get involved: Shark Legislation

!!! There are bills in progress in Texas, Rhode Island, Vermont and New Jersey - check the individual section to see how you can get involved !!!

3) Support organizations that work on the shark fin and shark fishing / By-catch issues.

Your money will go a long ways to assist in the creation of shark sanctuaries, to stop the trade of fins and to regulate the fishing of sharks.

4) Don’t support recreational game fishing for sharks, not even as a spectator.

If you live in a town that hosts annual shark tournaments, take a stand and get your friends to join you. It is time to stop tolerating the killing of animals for sport.

5) Don’t buy shark souvenirs and supplements made from shark

- When purchasing jewelry with sharks teeth, only buy fossilized teeth, which are usually blue or brown in color. The white teeth are modern and could have been harvested illegally.

- Do not buy shark jaws and products made from shark skin as well as all other silly trinkets made form sharks and other endangered animals.

- Do not buy health and beauty products that are made from shark cartilage or shark liver oil (squalene). Products that contain Omega 3 fish oil may be made with oil from shark liver. Check the label. Don't believe the hype: Sharks DO get cancer and it has not been proven that shark cartilage and powders made from shark parts can cure cancer. They also WILL NOT make you more virile. Most of these ideas are based on superstition or clever marketing ploys created by traders that want to create a market for their products.

6) Stay Informed

Here are some of the best groups to stay in touch with:

Shark Savers/WildAid

Shark Stewards

Shark Defenders

Shark Project

Follow Shark Allies and other groups on Facebook. It is the easiest way to stay engaged.

Link to Shark Allies FB page

7) Learn, educate and spread the word.

Learn more about sharks

Links to great shark info

- Learn about marine life, their behavior and the dangers.

Entering the ocean is a wilderness experience and you should be aware of situations that can be dangerous. Sharks are only one aspect, as by far more people are hurt or killed by jellyfish or drowning. But the reality is that it is by far the most spectacular to be bit by a shark, so please do the sharks a favor and don’t get bit! It’s bad for your health and bad for their reputation!

Check out our page on Shark Attacks for more information :

- Pass on your knowledge

Tell your friends about your experience with sharks and what you know about

the ocean and environmental problems. What’s on TV isn‘t always true. What the media reports is most often highly distorted. Pass on the information you have found on this and other sites. Once people understand the issues they will have a chance to change their mind about sharks.

8) Look for quality and truth in media and programming

- Support educational TV programs and encourage your kids to watch them.

Avoid the sensationalistic programming that continues to portray sharks as nothing but bloodthirsty killers. There are more and more great movies that teach kids to admire and appreciate the ocean.

- Don't support films and documentaries that portrait sharks as monsters or exploit the hype of shark attacks. Remember that it is the ratings of viewers that drive content in the media. Use your power by NOT watching programs that exploit sharks, and by watching and commenting positively on the programs that get it right.

- Speak up through social media.

- Contact networks to let them know how you feel.

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