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There is NOTHING More DISGUSTING In This World…

 

What I’m going to talk about, and show here is nothing but purely disturbing.  Yes, even disgusting and inhumane.  This is definitely a food issue.  A cultural issue.  An ecological issue.

More than 73 million sharks are butchered, mutilated, tortured, and left to die for their fins.  Every kind of shark is put to this inhumane torture.  The small silky to the whale shark.  None of the species is safe.  If it can be caught in the waters from Baja Mexico to the northern shore of Chile, Taiwanese fisherman will travel across the Pacific to fish them.

I warn you, the videos I’ve linked to are disturbing and graphic.  Please do watch them though so you understand.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0qkr2cIe5c

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fJZ4febpow&feature=related

Leland Yee, a senator from California calls it a racist issue when people call for the banning of sale, importation and use of shark fin.  Let alone the entire act of finning.  He says that its racist against the Chinese and culturally insensitive.  Well I say the hell with the Chinese feelings in this matter.  Just because this is a fish, people don’t think twice about torture and mutilation.

Here’s what happens, in case you didn’t watch the videos.  Fishermen put out long lines with hooks on them and pull up whatever happens to take the bait.  That could be “useful” fish like tuna.  It could maybe not even be a fish but a sea turtle.  Often its a shark.  When the bait is taken, they reel in the catch.  If its a shark, they haul it onto the deck and take a very large knife and start cutting off the fins while the shark is alive and thrashing around on the deck.  Once they have the fins and tail off, they drag the still live shark to the side of the boat and throw it overboard.  Without fins, the shark basically thrashes and spirals down to the bottom of the ocean, where it lies on the bottom suffocating and bleeding to death.

This is pure animal cruelty.  If someone where to say that kitten paw soup was the greatest cultural icon for some people, animal rights groups would be all over the place decrying the practice.  So, my question is why is there no public out cry over sharks?

Because kittens are considered cute and cuddly while sharks are scary, big and cold.

I’ll tell you though where I’m from, that kitten is ten times as deadly as any shark.  Granted, there are no sharks in the waters of Lake Michigan, but even if there were I’m more likely to be killed by that kitten than by a shark.  I’m deathly allergic to cats, and I respect sharks for what they are.

They are the ultimate predator in their environment.  And as such should be respected.

What would be the outcry if someone where to go out to the plains of Africa and cut the legs off of a lion and toss the still live torso into the grass?  At least if the poachers would just drug the rhinos and cut off the horns the horns would grow back.  But there is more outcry over the rhinos.  And I agree with the outcry, after all, killing rhinos is illegal, especially since they’re killed only for their horns.  Why shouldn’t sharks be afforded the same respect?

Rhinos are endangered, but the population is not currently on the verge of collapse.    The scalloped hammer head shark is on the verge of collapse.  In the past year, the shark population off the coast of Costa Rica has declined by 60 percent due to finning.  Rhinos can have a calf every 18 months, and can mate year round.  Sharks on the other hand lay eggs every 2 years and if they are one of the species that have live birth, they have one every 2 years.  The Rhino is watched over until it reaches an age where it can take care of itself.  Sharks on the other hand have no protection from elder fish.  They are on their own and vulnerable.

I urge you to sign the petition to end shark finning.

Let’s stop this.  Its not a racist issue.  Not a cultural issue.  Its not even an ecological issue.  This is animal cruelty, butchery and barbarism.

Stop the torture.

Stop finning.

Ban the sale, importation, and use of shark fins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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