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.
May 9, 2013
Notable Fishermen’s Association Joins HSI/India In Calling for Shark ‘Fins Naturally Attached’ Policy
India’s Association of Deep Sea Going Artisanal Fishermen called on the government to adopt a ‘fins naturally attached’ policy in support of Humane Society International/India’s campaign to end the cruel and wasteful practice of shark finning.
May 6, 2013
The New York Legislature unanimously passed legislation in both chambers to end New York’s contribution to the dire collapse of shark populations worldwide.
April 18, 2013
The story of a couple who decided to stop eating dishes made with shark fin.
March 27, 2013
HSI/Canada is deeply disappointed by the failure of the federal government to support Bill C-380 to ban the import of shark fins into Canada at Second Reading.