We Must Stop The Fin Trade
Fins are a highly valued product that is driving shark species to extinction.
Even though the fin trade is not the only problem, it is by far one of the biggest issues we are facing when it comes to saving sharks. Some shark populations have declined by more than 90% in recent decades due to overfishing, and this fishing of sharks is mostly profitable because of the high value of fins. Some of the species involved are being driven to the brink of extinction. Whether it is the cruel act of finning or the legal market for shark fins, at the core of it all is greed; to make money off a product that is valued as a status symbol.
Keeping legal fins on the market creates a pathway for illegal fins.
Much like elephant ivory, rhino horn and other endangered species products, the only way to truly curb the trade of fins is by not allowing the possession, sale or trade of that product. Any legal trade of animal products will lead to loopholes that allow for the illegal trade to continue. States that ban the act of "finning" but continue to allow the trade of fins, often claim that they have a handle on what comes and goes. The reality is that keeping the flow of the product going not only keeps the market booming, it also causes illegal finning to continue, whether you officially endorse it or not. The ultimate question we have to ask ourselves is this:
Do we support a trade that is wiping out sharks, or are we willing to make some tough decisions before it is too late?
Together, we can take action...
1. Read the articles below to get a clearer understanding of the issue
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