Support for a Global Ban on Shark Finning

1482 WordsJan 29, 20186 Pages
The predator role of the shark is invaluable to marine life. The Institute of Oceanography at The University of California developed a model of a Caribbean Marie ecosystem to research predator prey interaction. The food web created encompassed 250 species including sharks. The researchers found more than 3,000 links between the species. This gave researchers a better understanding of sharks and their significants as well as the consequences of human activity towards sharks. The over fishing of sharks is primarily attributed to shark finning; an inhumane activity that involves slicing off the shark’s fins while still alive and throwing the rest of its body back into the ocean where it can take days to die. Although shark fin is used in many asian traditions, supporting a global ban that strictly regulates shark finning will help save these magnificent creatures, local economies, and the ecosystem. The great demand for shark fin originated from Asia, resulting from a prestigious traditional dish, shark fin soup. The fin does not add taste to the soup; rather, it’s prized for its slippery, sinewy, glutinous texture (Bradsher, Woo 1, Wolchover). Beliefs of medical properties of shark fin soup include increase virility, enhanced skin quality, the ability to lower cholesterol, and the ability to prevent heart disease. However, studies have disproved this (Pollack). Truth is, there is no major medical benefits in shark fin (Wolchover). In fact, shark fin is unhealthy, being

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