Shark hunting and finning
Shark hunting is not just done for food but also for the sport. Many fishermen love to mount that trophy and show it off. There has been an overwhelming worldwide increase in the shark fishing industry, and coupled with the slow reproduction rate of sharks that equates to an endangered species. Shark finning is sometimes a brutal practice where the fins of live sharks are removed and the carcass is typically tossed back into the ocean where it sinks to the bottom. The sharks are often still alive when thrown in the water, but they can no longer swim without their fins and are eaten alive by other marine life. Apparently, there’s quite a demand for shark fin soup, and shark fins can bring in a whopping $300 per pound.
This fishing website states adamantly that while the above practice does sometimes happen, the majority of shark fins on the market are not harvested in such an inhumane way. I do not suggest that all shark fishing is inhumane or that all fishermen do not care. I do support the need for strict regulations as well as shark sanctuaries that offer sharks a greater chance for survival.
“Sharks do not have a single bone in their body.”
—. 2002. Sharks and Other Scary Sea Creatures. New York: Dorling Kindersley Limited.