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Shark Finning

Shark-Finning-Hands-teeEach year it’s estimated that 110 million sharks are caught from our oceans. Their fins are removed from their bodies, while they are still conscious. The bodies of the sharks are then thrown back into the ocean, alive. It can take days for a shark to die after being thrown back into the ocean without its fins.  The fins are dried and sold per pound. One pound of fins can sell from $300 and upwards. The fins are used for a majority of reasons but the main usage is shark fin soup. Considered a delicacy in China, bowls of this bland meal sell for hundreds of dollars. Other products that use shark include supplements falsely proclaimed to cure cancer and shark “leather” belts and shoes.

Shark finning is not regulated throughout the world resulting in a threat to all shark species. It is estimated by scientists that all species will be completely eradicated in the next decade if this practice is not stopped immediately. This could result in an unbalanced ecosystem that will threaten our oceans forever

We strongly suggest investigating your local Chinese restaurants to find out if Shark fin soup is served near you. Ask your local communities to consider a ban on shark fins in your area. Consider getting involved with a local group to demand legislation. Arrange a film screening for your family and friends; “Sharkwater” is an incredibly informative documentary. Check out our Shark & Manta campaign page to perform simple and easy actions to help!

Alex Lewis-Dorer

Alex Lewis-Dorer is a 27 year old activist. Having watched The Cove during its initial release and learning about the capture practices and the dangers of captivity, she felt compelled to stand up and voice her concerns to others. Since then she has dedicated her time and energy to working towards educating others about ocean conversation. In 2012 Alex joined forces with Wendy Brunot to have a lone killer whale named Shouka, moved to an alternate marine park to be with other orcas. Following the news of a planned Beluga Whale import, Alex hosted a protest in Atlanta In July 2012 together with Free the Atlanta 11 and GARP which attracted significant attention to the issues behind such an initiative. Alex has also played a large part in being a strong voice against Marineland, Canada, holding a demo at the facility in May 2014 in honor of Kiska, Canada’s last captive whale. She has dedicated much of her time to bringing attention to Marineland’s suffering animals. She also voices her concerns over many other captive marine faculties and lends her hand on campaigns regarding this issue. Alex’s love is not limited to cetaceans – she sees the beauty in all marine life. She is excited to be part of the movement that will end captivity for all marine mammals. Alex is also a proud team member for Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project.

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