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Sign this petition to stop sharks being hunted for their fins.
This would really help us out and would help the sharks out too. I'm sure they would appreciate it too!
After watching Sharkwater, I realised that it's so cruel and disgusting for fishermen to only fin the sharks, but discard the rest into the sea alive.
In January 2011, CNMI Legislation passed House Bill 17-94, now CNMI Public Law 17-27, that prohibits any person from possessing, selling, offering for sale, trading, or distributing shark fins in the CNMI.
The CNMI Public Law 17-27 will compliment shark conservation efforts alongside the Palau Shark Sanctuary which was founded in 2001 in an effort to end the killing of Palau's sharks, Hawaii's law banning all shark products in 2010, and the Shark Conservation Act which was signed by U.S. President Obama in 2011.
Recognizing that Palau created the world's first shark sanctuary and that Northern Mariana Islands and Guam were the first in the Western Pacific to ban the shark fin trade;
Acknowledging that in 2011, leaders at the 15th Micronesian Chief Executive Summit agreed on the creation of a Micronesia Regional Shark Sanctuary, the first of its kind in the world;
Taking into account the Association of Pacific Island Legislatures' request for its member Legislatures to adopt legislation prohibiting the shark fin trade and banning commercial shark fishing;
Affirming our culture and history of conservation, particularly the Micronesia Challenge, in which the leaders of Micronesia pledged to effectively conserve 30% of near shore resources;
Noting that as top predators, sharks maintain the balance of the ecosystem and their loss could cause irreversible damage to the ocean;
Understanding that many species of sharks are threatened with extinction and are susceptible to overfishing, because they grow slowly, mature late and have few young;
100-150 million sharks are killed every year. In the past 20 years, shark population has decreased by 90%. Scientists predict that within the next 15-20 years, sharks will be completely wiped out.
The are the most important species on Earth, simply because they control levels further down on the food pyramid, as tertiary consumers, and therefore the oxygen levels in the ocean, which controls everything on earth, as it covers 2/3 of the Earth's surface.
Please protect this beautiful creature, and ban the act of shark finning. It starts out locally, but when brought to a global perspective can change the situation dramatically. The slaughter of sharks will soon affect you, so please, take action and sign the petition.
Every year over 100 million sharks are killed for their fins. Fishermen fish them from the water, slice off their fins then throw them back alive leaving them to die. How cruel can we be to these creatures?
We serve them as soup costing up to $100 or more when their fins actually don't have much flavor. The flavor of their expensive soup is often chicken flavored. Sharks reproduce like us, not laying eggs. This means that they can not reproduce as quickly as we are killing them off. Therefore there will soon be less and less of this magnificent animal alive in our oceans.
Stop their pain. Are we really putting a bowl of soup above a life?
Shark finning is the barbaric act of removing the fins from a live shark and then dumping the fish back into the oceans where it suffers an agonising death. The fins are then used in the production of Shark Fin Soup.
The fins provide no nutritional value or flavour to the dish, merely being served as a symbol of status or celebration. Rivalling the world drug trade in value, this is a big business to break, but with dedication we can achieve our goal.
This group intends to target key political figures, schools and restaurants and promote the benefits of not using shark fin for the production of soup.
Responding to the article below :
Over 8,000 tons of shark fins are processed each year. The fins only amount to 4% of a shark's bodyweight. This means that some 200,000 tons of shark are thrown back into the sea and discarded.
11,300 hourly, 100millions Sharks were killed annually. Already 18 species of sharks have been listed as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Source : http://www.seashepherd.org/sharks/shark-finning.html
The Tourism Department in Sabah has done a great job in promoting the State as an International Diving Site. E.g. Sipadan Island, Mabul, Kapalai and Other Marine Park in Kota Kinabalu.
Sharks play a very important role in the ecosystem. If shark finning continues to be a legal in Sabah it will not be very long before the reefs and diving attractions that draw many International travelers to our waters lose their appeal. The standing that Sabah currently enjoys as a destination in tune with the preservation and promotion of a healthy and vibrant marine ecosystem can only go to ensure future growth revenue so long as they are maintained and not depleted of its shark populations.
Please do check on this link to Save Our Turtles :
STOP SHARK SALES CAMPAIGN
Sharks are currently being exported overseas and sold on the Egyptian market, even at a multi-national hyper-market chain, namely, Carrefour Egypt! Overfishing and consumption of sharks and their fins are serious threats to human health, the environment and our economy. The goal of HEPCA’s Stop Shark Sales Campaign is to avert these impacts and encourage the community to come together to put pressure on those who fish, trade and sell sharks in order to protect our health, environment and prosperity.
Four years ago we helped to secure legislation that banned shark fining in Egyptian waters, which led to widespread condemnation of those who flouted the ban (both in fishing and selling shark meat). This led to Egypt being honoured as Shark Guardian of the Year in 2006.
In 2010 we are once again faced with the same issue as we find one of the largest hypermarkets in Egypt and a brand of international standing – Carrefour – openly trading baby sharks in their store in Maadi, Cairo. Their sale of sharks is an irresponsible act that endangers the wellbeing of their clientele and the future of our planet.
HEPCA wants the Egyptian Government to intervene to stop shark trading and to ensure a ban on the exporting of shark meat. We encourage the community to challenge those endangering us like Carrefour who do not care for the health of the citizens of Egypt nor the natural and economic resources of this country.
Shark Facts: Proof that we should lobby for a complete ban on shark trading in Egypt
As top predators, sharks accumulate high concentrations of toxins present in the environment in their body, often as much as 10,000 times that of their surrounding environment. Persistent toxins such as Methyl Mercury are retained in sharks, and they are far less susceptible to the toxic effects of Methyl Mercury than humans; therefore even healthy sharks contain high concentrations of the toxicant.
The effects of this toxic compound on humans are numerous. It is estimated that more than 60,000 children are born with neurological damage due to exposure during pregnancy in the United States alone, due to the fact that this biotoxin is not held back by the natural barriers in the human body. Thousands of families each year are faced with the challenge of raising a child with severe neurological damage or disability, simply because the mother or father ingested shark meat.
The effects of Methyl Mercury are not limited to the unborn, it is also considered to be a carcinogen, its impact on the central neural system is irreversible, and it is known to cause coronary artery disease and cardiac arrest, as well as trigger autoimmune diseases and immune dysfunction.
Methyl Mercury ingestion has extensively been documented to cause male infertility and spermatozoa mutation, in addition to instigating type II diabetes.
The maximum mercury intake as indicated by The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food (JEFCA) is 0.23µg/kg of body weight per day. Therefore, a person weighing 80kg can safely ingest up to 18.4µg of Methyl Mercury per day according to JEFCA. Shark meat has been found to contain as much as 4000µg/kg of Methyl Mercury! Using an average value of 1400µg/kg of shark meat, a simple calculation reveals that an average shark steak (that is 300g in the pan, served as 200g) contains 420µg of Methyl Mercury, nearly 23 times the maximum allowable limit by JEFCA; which is more than double the limit set by the United States’ Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at 0.1µg/kg.
Shark populations have witnessed a dramatic decline over recent decades; some regions have recorded reductions of 80% and in some areas 90% since the 1970’s! The diminution of populations can mainly be attributed to overfishing due to the demand for sharks which has skyrocketed with the proliferation of cuisines that utilise shark meat and fins, along with the development of modern commercial fishing technologies.
The implications associated with reductions of shark populations at this magnitude are horrific. Concern for the marine world’s apex predators has less to do with sentiment and is more about waking up to the devastating impacts on marine ecosystems that have been observed around the world. The removal of sharks has disrupted the entire marine food chain, with chaotic consequences, some of which are only now becoming apparent.
Eliminating the top predator in any system creates what is called a trophic cascade. The species whose numbers sharks used to police, such as ray and skates, are now exploding in population. They in turn are wiping out scallops and other shellfish, and water quality is suffering as a result.
Reefs, too, are under assault as parrot fish, which are key to controlling algae growth on reefs, are being exterminated by the fish whose numbers are no longer being regulated by sharks.
The potential socio-economic impact, of declining shark populations, in Egypt, and other countries that rely on dive tourism is extremely costly. The impact on the fishing industry coastal communities that rely on fishing shall be disastrous due to the disruption of the marine food web. The estimated annual income, from the tourism industry, of a single shark, at Brothers Islands, is EGP 1,250,000 per year. Carrefour sells juvenile sharks at L.E. 30 per kg!
We have to take a stand! Please sign our online petition, to pressure Carrefour to cease the sale of sharks and the destruction of our health, environment and prosperity!
This is a petition from the concerned citizens who will be negatively affected by the NMFS,NOAA, Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan Amendment 3 to ban shark gillnet gear in the south atlantic fishing area.
The banning of gillnet shark gear will have a negative economic effect on the fishing indusry. The data supplied by NMFS, NOAA is greatly inaccurate to support their proposal of the Amendment 3 shark gillnet ban.
Mattel/Matchbox have recently released a product into their Mega Rig range called the Shark Ship.
The product contains a large shark, a diver with diving cage and the parts to build a variety of ships, complete with a large harpoon.
The promotional material of the product shows the shark attacking the diver, the ship saving the diver from attack and the shark being harpooned by the boat, then loaded on to be transported away.
Children picking up this toy will be encouraged to look upon sharks as a man eating menace, a threat that needs to be eradicated through deadly force. They will grow up believing that divers place their lives at risk each time they take a dip below the waters surface, that sharks will attack given the least bit of provocation, that the only good shark is a dead shark, that it is OK to hunt and kill sharks, that killing endangered species is a fun past time.
Here are some basic facts:
Sharks do not eat humans. In the rare cases that a shark does attack a human, it is generally through mistaken identity, where the shark thought the human was a seal or some other natural prey.
In 2006 there were 64 shark attacks worldwide of which 4 were fatal. Compare that statistic with human fatalities caused by bee stings, dog attacks, horses, or, of course, other humans.
The vast majority of divers are thrilled to see a shark when diving, and are more then happy to do so without the protection of a diving cage, chain mail suits, cattle prods or any other protection. Shark attacks on divers are extremely rare.
The world wide population of sharks is declining rapidly, many of the key species are facing a very real threat of extinction. As the apex predator of the oceans, significant declines in their numbers will upset the balance of the marine ecosystem with potentially devastating results for the marine and land environments.
Mattel is the largest manufacturer and distributor of toys around the world. This is a position of responsibility, their toys feed the imagination of the children they reach, this play time generates a foundation for their beliefs and their understanding of the world they live in, how they will care for this world as they grow into adults.
The whale shark has been around for nearly 60,000,000 (60 million) years but that's about to change.
Countries like America and China are catching it and placing it in massive aquariums for us to see, even though they die extremely quickly for example one year.
Normally they can live to 150 years..
With a mouthful of teeth, shark’s do not seem to need much protection.
However, sharks have little or no protection from humans who hunt them for almost every part of their body to make leather, jewelry, soup, cosmetics, and other items.
Sharks are also hunted for sport and many are inadvertently caught in fishing nets or in nets placed to protect humans. Sharks have a great deal to fear from humans. Compared to the 10-15 people killed by sharks each year; over 100 million sharks perish at the hands of humans annually and many populations may face extinction. Sharks are killed for many reasons, including fear;
However; the product that drives the market are the fins. After drying, collagen fibers are extracted from them, cleaned, and processed to make 'shark fin soup'. In spite of the fact that these fibers have little flavor or nutritional value, the soup is considered a delicacy, and may sell in the Orient for more than $100 ( £65) a bowl.
Often the fins are sliced off when the shark is still alive and the mutilated shark is dumped back into the water to die a slow and agonizing death.
13. Save Sharks
May 9, 2006
So, you think that you know everything about sharks, huh? evil eating machines bent on destroying all species but their own, right? ha ha ha.. NO!
Have you ever even taken the time to learn about them. No, you say, slowly walking away from me. You don't care... WELL I DO! Sharks are an important species that clean our ocean. all these people come up to you, trying to get you to listen to thier cause, but you dont even care enough to listen. well, i'm gunna make you listen to me!
Everyday, you hear about these evil killing machines hiding underneath the water. well guess what. we're the mindless evil killing machines ABOVE the water. Sharks are being killed daily and no one does any thing about it. yeah, some places made laws, but are they strongly reinforced? heck no! i want you to give me this little signature to help me get them the reinforcment they need.
I am so tired of all these people, claiming that sharks are mindless killing machines! that really ticks me off! did you know that you are more likely to be struck by lightining than killed by a shrak? bet you didn't. or that your more likely to be malled by a dolfin? bet not... how would you like it for someone to take your pet, cut off it's limbs and tail (if it has one) and throw it in the water for it to drown and bleed to death? and not even take one second to watch it die, just going off to find another? that it what it is like. do you ever see those lost pet sign? remeber the pang of pain you felt when you saw the pics of it? well have a gander at these...
I think that that is enough... for now...
14. Save the Shark
The shark is a wonderful creature. Feared, but beloved by many - I repeat, many - countries, the shark is, sadly enough, being deliberately killed by humans in seeming "need" for sharkfin soup, shark leather, shark teeth jewelry, and other shark "necessities".
Many times, the sharks are simply caught on fishing rods, stripped of their dorsal, pectoral, and tail fins, and thrown back into the sea to sink back to the bottom and drown. This practice, known as finning, is portrayed as revenge on the sharks. However, for every human killed by shark "attack", 2 million sharks are killed on purpose. This sad, sad statistic will soon lead to the extinction of this beautiful and amazing creature.
Will our children have to grow up, not believing that such a creature as a great white shark is, or was ever, true? Only learning about sharks from movies and books and the Internet, many of which sources are made up stories?
Sharks never attack humans on purpose. As said in Peter Benchley's nonfiction book, Shark Life, sharks often just bite because they are testing whether or not the human is a good source of prey. Oftentimes, it looks as if a seal or a turtle was swimming above them, when in reality, it is a human on a surfboard.
Sharks are poor, misunderstood creatures that need desperate action to be saved. Please sign the petition and stop shark finning and other types of cruel behavior towards sharks, rays, and skates.
(Note: Rays are subject to finning, also.)
This petition is protesting the treatment of the Blacktip Reef Shark of the March 31, 2005 episode. I was appalled at the treatment of that shark.
Sharks are my life and passion, I refuse to watch a reality show that would condone such brutality!
To get more airtime and storylines on the Young and The Restless for David Shark Fralick.
Loyal viewers and supporters of Y&R, please let your support be known to the writers and producers of The Young And The Restless that you would greatly appreciate more airtime and a juicier, more active storyline, befitting of an actor of David Shark Fralick's talents and caliber.
Shark Finning is a disgusting and wasteful practice, it should be stopped. Shark finning is where people cut off sharks fins for medicine and shark fin soup, instead of using the rest of the shrark they throw the finless animal back into the ocean.
Shark Nets kill millions of sharks each year as they get tangled up in them and slowly die. These nets are only meant to stop sharks but instead they are wiping them out.
This petition is to stop the cruelty of shark finning. They're often just tossed back into the water with their fins cut off and slowly die of asphyxiation. Please help as around 3 sharks are killed every second.