Sharks are slaughtered around the world for their fins, which are used in tasteless soups considered an upper class delicacy in China. Studies estimate the number of sharks killed annually to range from 26 million to 73 million. This staggering amount will wipe several species of sharks off the planet in the next ten years, guaranteed. Once the fins are hacked off of the living animal, it's wiggling, writhing body is thrown overboard, floating to the bottom where it suffocates, since sharks need to swim to breath, and or is eaten slowly by other animals. It's a disgusting trade, and insanely barbaric practice, that must be stopped.
This piece won 2nd place, "Best of Show" at the annual Academy of Art Spring Show, 2013, in the category of Online Illustration. Rock!