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Every year, in oceans around the world, tens of millions of sharks are hunted to meet the demand for shark fin soup, an East Asian dish which is traditionally served at weddings or New Year celebrations. You can help stop the killing: Take our No Shark Fin pledge.

Shark fin soup is cruel and wasteful. Fins removed, the animals are thrown back into the water to die slowly and painfully.

Finning is not only inhumane; it allows sharks to be caught in unsustainable numbers. Apex predators, sharks play an essential role in marine ecosystems. Shark finning endangers their survival—and that of the species that rely on them. In addition, shark fin has been shown to contain dangerous levels of mercury.

HSI is reaching out to the public, restaurants and other businesses to educate people about this issue. Raising awareness is key; many say they never realized what impact their consumption had on the environment.


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    Jet Airways and Sashastra Seema Bal honoured with the Leadership in Animal Welfare Award

    Jet Airways, Sashastra Seema Bal and Dr. Ashutosh Joshi (officer-in-charge of Uttarakhand State Animal Welfare Board) were conferred with the Leadership in Animal Welfare Award for their exemplary service to animals in the past year. Humane Society International/India and People for Animals jointly presented the awards.

  • March 19, 2015

    Jet Airways Awarded the 2014 Henry Spira Humane Corporate Progress Award

    Jet Airways – India’s largest international air carrier – was given the Henry Spira Humane Corporate Progress Award for the company’s role in ending the transport of shark fins from India to international shores.

  • November 6, 2014

    Jet Airways Bans Shark Fins as Cargo

    Jet Airways instituted a policy against the shipment of shark fins, joining a growing number of major international carriers committed to protecting declining shark populations and marine ecosystems. HSI/India, which along with animal welfare and conservation groups had petitioned Jet Airways to end its role in the international trade in shark fins, applauded the policy.

  • September 24, 2014

    India Urged to Support Shark and Ray Protections

    Animal protection groups urged the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests to support the shark and ray listings being proposed at the 11th meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention of Migratory Species.

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