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(OCEAN CONSERVATION) Just in time for Discovery channel's shark week, survivors of shark attacks are speaking out in favor of the ocean's powerful predators. In pursuit of ocean conservation, these inspiring animal rights activists seek to end shark hunting and balance the ocean ecosystem. — Global Animal
(SHARKS / OCEAN CONSERVATION) While shark week may be all about the power and strength of sharks, these amazing animals also need protecting from over-fishing and the barbaric practice of finning. Read a comprehensive list of facts about sharks and the up and coming laws that can protect them from endangerment and extinction. — Global Animal
(ILLEGAL SHARK FISHING) ECUADOR — The 30 or so fisherman caught with the dead sharks inside Galapagos National Park's Marine Reserve now face criminal charges as commercial-scale fishing, including shark fishing, is illegal within the parameters of the Galapagos Islands. Discover how illegal shark fishing and finning is putting some species at risk of extinction. — Global Animal
CALIFORNIA – Not only are there no health benefits to eating shark fin, but new research shows that they are loaded with mercury and heavy metals that are 42 times higher than safe levels for humans. Another reason to retire this tradition – eliminating the inhumane finning of live sharks who are left to sink to the bottom of the ocean and drown. – Global Animal
What does it mean to be dubbed "The Grand Central Station" of shark finning? In Hong Kong, it means that over ten tons of shark fins pass through in a given year, cut out of the 38 million sharks that are left to sink to the ocean's bottom, drowning, victims of bad tradition. That number is so huge, it's incomprehensible. And reprehensible.
PARIS — The conservation conference has created new protections for sharks and other marine creatures, but hardly did anything to help prevent bluefin tuna from being over-fished into extinction. Do you think the small reduction in quotas for bluefins are enough to save them?
Shark fin soup is a sign of respect at Chinese weddings, but for some newlyweds it is a deeper sign of respect to the sharks to abstain from the traditional soup. These couples hope that their small steps are the beginning of the end for this cruel tradition.
CALIFORNIA - In a rare fatal shark attack, a UCSB student was killed while surfing in Santa Barbara. In 2009, roughly 100 million sharks were killed by humans for shark-fin soup. In contrast, there were five fatal attacks worldwide.
(CELEBRITY ACTIVISM/ENDANGERED WILDLIFE) David Beckham's moves off-field are proving to be just as impressive as they were on. The soccer legend joined forces with Prince William to fight illegal wildlife trade. The two, along with former Chinese basketball star Yao Ming, recorded PSA messages aimed at reducing the demand of rhino horn and ivory; especially in China and Vietnam—the largest market of banned wildlife products. Because of this demand, thousands of elephants and rhinos are killed each year by poachers—so many in fact that these beautiful animals are in danger of extinction within our lifetime. That's why it's so important for celebrities like Beckham, Ming, and Prince William to use their fame to spread awareness about such atrocities. A similar campaign helped reduce the demand for shark fin soup, and hopefully this one will be even more successful. After all, when you can bend it like Beckham anything's possible. The messages will air later this year as part of WildAid's demand reduction campaign. Read on for more information about the PSA messages, and the Duke's plans for his newly established wildlife organization. — Global Animal
(CELEBRITY ANIMAL ACTIVISM) Retired NBA basketball player Yao Ming has done great work for animals in Asia, including a campaign against shark fin soup. He is now speaking out against bear-bile farming, joining the Animals Asia Foundation and meeting rescued bile bears. With recent protests against the horrific practice of bear-bile farms in China, Ming's activism adds to the growing awareness of this atrocious and inhumane act. Read on to find out more about Ming's touching visit with the animal survivors. — Global Animal