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Many people assume that because they don’t eat shark fin soup – then they can’t possibly be contributing to the demise of the sharks and rays. And while shark fin soup does account for a considerable amount of shark consumption, there are many other culprits. It isn’t just something that can be blamed on a single culture or country.
So here is an ever-growing list of uses for shark products, some obvious, some surprising.
Supplements / alternative medicine(Shark cartilage & liver oil)
Shark Cartilage pills Shark Cartilage powderEnergy drinks & supplements Shark liver oil pills Manta gill rakers
CosmeticsSqualene/Squalane (Shark Liver Oil)
Lotions, Deodorants Sunscreen Medicinal creams Vaccines Lip balms, lipstick Face cream Cosmetics
Fish & ChipsThresher, Mako SteaksRock salmon White fish fillets
Shark Souvenirs(Teeth, Jaws, Skin)
All of these products, if consumed, can include toxic methyl-mercury.
It is also important to note that more than ½ of the sharks caught are caught as bycatch by tuna, marlin and other open water fishermen. Thus, ensuring you aren’t harming shark means not eating these fish.
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