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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Sharks kill fewer than 4 humans on average each year, while humans kill an estimated 100 million sharks annually.
Sharks have been honed to perfection, having existed on this planet for over 400 million years.
Sharks play a vital role at the top of the food chain by maintaining balance in the oceans.
* An estimated 73 million sharks are killed each year (that works out to more than 10,000 sharks per hour).
Shark fins are tasteless, and may contain high levels of toxic methyl-mercury.
Only a small number of countries have banned finning - many more need to be encouraged to enact legislation.
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.
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