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Is a food delicacy worth an ecosystem?
One of the major issues threatening the ocean environment today is the slaughter of a top ocean predator, the shark. More than 70 million sharks are killed each year so their fins can be taken, primarily to produce shark fin soup, considered a delicacy by some.
After the fins are removed the remainder of the shark is discarded into the sea and left to die. Join us and the diving industry in our commitment to ban the wholesale slaughter of sharks for their fins and to ban the sale of shark fin soup.
Sharks play a vital role in the marine food chain and without them our ecosystem is placed in jeopardy.
100-150 million sharks are killed every year. In the past 20 years, shark population has decreased by 90%. Scientists predict that within the next 15-20 years, sharks will be completely wiped out.
The are the most important species on Earth, simply because they control levels further down on the food pyramid, as tertiary consumers, and therefore the oxygen levels in the ocean, which controls everything on earth, as it covers 2/3 of the Earth's surface.
Please protect this beautiful creature, and ban the act of shark finning. It starts out locally, but when brought to a global perspective can change the situation dramatically. The slaughter of sharks will soon affect you, so please, take action and sign the petition.
Shark finning is the barbaric act of removing the fins from a live shark and then dumping the fish back into the oceans where it suffers an agonising death. The fins are then used in the production of Shark Fin Soup.
The fins provide no nutritional value or flavour to the dish, merely being served as a symbol of status or celebration. Rivalling the world drug trade in value, this is a big business to break, but with dedication we can achieve our goal.
This group intends to target key political figures, schools and restaurants and promote the benefits of not using shark fin for the production of soup.
The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List, first developed in 1963, is an inventory of world species of animals and plants that are at risk of extinction. IUCN have evaluated over 44,000 species (of the 1.8 million species we currently know about), and have categorized nearly 17,000 of those of being at some risk of extinction.
The Red List is the accepted standard and source for data on threatened species, the information held within is used by many other organisations to back up conservation awareness, action and protection.
You can read more about the red list here:
CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between countries, founded in the 1960s as a direct result of the work being done by the IUCN. Its aim is "to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival."
Species that are protected by the agreement are arranged into three different categories
Appendix I : international trade in species is prohibited, unless the trade is non commercial. In these instances both import and export certificates are required
Appendix II : international trade may be gained by granting of an export certificate, no import certificate is required
Appendix III : species that are included at the request of a member country that has local restrictions in force and needs cooperation from other countries to prevent unsustainable or illegal exploitation
There are currently 175 member countries signed up to the agreement, these countries are legally bound to implement the convention within their own domestic legislation to ensure that the terms are adhered to at a national level.
You can read more about CITES here:
Looking purely at animals, the IUCN red list contains 7,500 individual species that are categorized as threatened in some way. Almost 1300 of these are from the fish family, 126 of those are species of shark (i.e. almost 10% of threatened fish, 1.5% of threatened animals) .
In contrast, there are approximately 5000 species of animal protected by the CITES agreement. Just 96 of these species are fish, and only three of those are species of shark that are listed as threatened within
IUCN , namely the Great White, Basking and Whale Shark. All are listed under Appendix II, i.e. international trade is allowed provided that import and export certificates are granted.
So, just 0.06% of the species that are protected by the CITES convention are made up of threatened shark species.
Shark populations are depleting rapidly world wide. One of the main contributory factors is the current demand for shark fin soup in the Asian markets. 1000's of tonnes of shark fin are exported from countries all around the world each year to help meet this demand.
Recognising and protecting the endangered species of shark within the CITES convention, limiting the ability to import or export shark or shark parts, may help to reduce the impact this trade is having on shark populations world wide.
This petition is to urge the government to ban shark finning in the waters of Singapore and to ban the import of shark fins in Singapore.
Sharks are seriously endangered, their numbers have dropped by 93% to 99% in the Atlantic Ocean over the last 30 years. Almost 100 million sharks are killed annually,mainly for the Asian delicacy,Shark Fin Soup.
The sharks have their fins cut off while the shark is still ALIVE. No longer able to swim, they drown or get eaten up by other fishes.
Sharks are key predators at the top of the food chain. As their numbers decline, other species expand to occupy the vacant niche, changing the balance of marine life. This can be disastrous to the Earth we all live in. So STOP eating shark fin soup now! Shark fin has little nutritional value but it does contain high levels of MERCURY.
Most sharks are harmless to humans and 80% of them do not even come in contact with humans (except when they are killed brutally by fishermen). Sharks only attack when they think they are threatened, just like man's best friend-dogs. Sharks are intelligent creatures and they are picky eaters, they never eat food they think is not nice,for example,humans.
So please sign this petition and stop this brutal practice of shark finning AND eating shark fin soup NOW!
Mattel/Matchbox have recently released a product into their Mega Rig range called the Shark Ship.
The product contains a large shark, a diver with diving cage and the parts to build a variety of ships, complete with a large harpoon.
The promotional material of the product shows the shark attacking the diver, the ship saving the diver from attack and the shark being harpooned by the boat, then loaded on to be transported away.
Children picking up this toy will be encouraged to look upon sharks as a man eating menace, a threat that needs to be eradicated through deadly force. They will grow up believing that divers place their lives at risk each time they take a dip below the waters surface, that sharks will attack given the least bit of provocation, that the only good shark is a dead shark, that it is OK to hunt and kill sharks, that killing endangered species is a fun past time.
Here are some basic facts:
Sharks do not eat humans. In the rare cases that a shark does attack a human, it is generally through mistaken identity, where the shark thought the human was a seal or some other natural prey.
In 2006 there were 64 shark attacks worldwide of which 4 were fatal. Compare that statistic with human fatalities caused by bee stings, dog attacks, horses, or, of course, other humans.
The vast majority of divers are thrilled to see a shark when diving, and are more then happy to do so without the protection of a diving cage, chain mail suits, cattle prods or any other protection. Shark attacks on divers are extremely rare.
The world wide population of sharks is declining rapidly, many of the key species are facing a very real threat of extinction. As the apex predator of the oceans, significant declines in their numbers will upset the balance of the marine ecosystem with potentially devastating results for the marine and land environments.
Mattel is the largest manufacturer and distributor of toys around the world. This is a position of responsibility, their toys feed the imagination of the children they reach, this play time generates a foundation for their beliefs and their understanding of the world they live in, how they will care for this world as they grow into adults.