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.
December 19, 2013
Most high-end restaurants in China continue to serve shark fins to customers despite the Chinese government’s move to phase out from official functions dishes with ingredients from threatened shark species.
August 26, 2013
India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests issued a ‘fins naturally attached’ policy requiring fisheries to land sharks in coastal states with their fins intact.
August 12, 2013
A citywide "Bye Bye Shark Fins! Cycling for Sharks" event in the heart of Beijing raised public awareness and support for sharks, whose numbers are declining worldwide due to the cruel shark finning trade.
August 8, 2013
The Animal Welfare Board of India, in recognizing the problem of cruel shark finning, has issued an advisory to all Indian coastal states fisheries to help end this practice by having fishermen land sharks with their fins naturally attached.