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Shark Finning Must Stop by aaronjohngregory Shark Finning Must Stop by aaronjohngregory
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.

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chris-illustrator Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Great illustration, really hits home your point and makes you feel sympathetic towards the shark.
I didn't know they threw them back still alive after mutilating them. An apex predator like a shark getting finished off by crabs, that's F'ed up.
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aaronjohngregory Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, it's about as brutal as brutal gets. Thankfully more and more people are becoming aware! Thanks for checking it out.
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Kimi-Parks Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've heard of a lot of things like this, but I didn't know this specifically was a real thing until now.... People and their weird "delicacies". :( The soup part surprises me, though. I was waiting for you to say they are used as an aphrodisiac like other random parts of animals.
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Cypselurus Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Here in China, at least, its just used as a status symbol kinda thing ('you're poor and you eat carp, I'm rich so I eat shark' etc. ) or as a delicacy served at weddings. I once ate it, not knowing what it was, and yes, it was completely tasteless :/
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Kimi-Parks Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Once I went to a $500 per plate dinner at an event in Philadelphia and I experienced the same thing. (When my dad was alive he was a history teacher at a private school so a lot of his former students grew up to be rich, hence the invite, and luckily we didn't have to pay for our meals!) The meal was awful, though. I thought, this is probably going to taste SO GOOD because it's so expensive.... Nope. It was some kind of overcooked seafood with rubbery gray noodles. And everyone else hated it, too. (Other teachers from the school.) Kind of funny to watch middle-aged adults playing with their food in an attempt to make it look like they had eaten it, but not really. Give me cheap food any day!
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RuneWolf18831 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
This is so true and so sad.
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aaronjohngregory Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
It absolutely is. Progress being made though on all fronts.
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WE ARE HEARTLESS CREATURES PEOPLE!!! WE THINK WE ARE THE BEST BUT WE ARENT EVEN NEAR TO BE THE BEST! I HOPE THAT EVERY HEARTLESS CRAP OF PEOPLE THAT HAD KILLED A SHARK DIES AND SUFFUCATES IN ITS OWN BLOOD!BEAUTIFUL CREATURES AND TRILLIONS OF PEOPLE KILL THEM FOR SOUP AND EVEN FOR FUN!i sometimes wonder what are we? WE CALL THEM MONSTERS AND IF THEY ARE MONSTERS WHAT THE FUCK ARE WE! IF WE DONT STOP THIS KILLING WE WILL ALL DIE! unless......... WE STOP THIS MADNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Rage Rage Rage Rage Rage Rage Rage Rage Rage Rage 
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deinoscaos Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
trágicoWaaaah!   :(  que pena por los pobres tiburones ..............
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maki96 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
poor sharks :cries:
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