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World's Biggest Shark Slaughterhouse Exposed

China factory turns whale sharks into fish oil

(Newser) - Huge numbers of sharks from endangered species are being slaughtered and turned into products including health supplements at a giant slaughterhouse in China, a conservation group has discovered. Investigators from WildLifeRisk found that more than 600 whale sharks are slaughtered at the factory every year, along with large numbers of... More »

Anti-Shark Fin Soup Campaign Goes Viral in China

Thanks to support from celebs like Yao Ming

(Newser) - Just a few years ago, most Chinese people were oblivious to the environmental problems caused by eating shark fin soup, reports the Washington Post . But thanks to widespread public awareness campaigns, backed by celebrities and business leaders, the country is finally losing its appetite for the dish, and both the... More »

Hong Kong Gov't Will Stop Serving Shark Fin

Bluefin tuna, black moss will also no longer be on menu at official functions

(Newser) - The menus at the Hong Kong's official functions just got a bit more eco-friendly. The government has announced it will stop serving shark fin at its events, and will encourage government-funded bodies to follow suit, the BBC reports. It will also stop serving bluefin tuna—which is endangered—and... More »

Shark Watching: More Lucrative Than Shark Eating

Eco-tourism will double, while shark fishing industry declines

(Newser) - Sharks may soon be more valuable to the tourism industry than the restaurant industry. That's good news for the 38 million sharks killed each year to meet the demand for shark fin soup. A new study says that the global shark-watching industry is currently worth $314 million annually, but... More »

Fishermen Kill 100M Sharks Every Year: Study

That leaves some species unable to recover

(Newser) - Illegal shark killings have disturbed eco groups for years, but a new statistical report says sharks are far more endangered than anyone knew. The report estimates that about 100 million sharks—or 6.4% to 7.9% of all species—are killed every year around the world, National Geographic reports.... More »

China: No More Shark Fin Soup at State Banquets

Delicacy off menus as shark populations shrink

(Newser) - Campaigners fighting to save the world's rapidly shrinking population of sharks have scored a big victory in China. The central government says it is banning the serving of shark fin soup—a delicacy widely seen as an essential part of lavish dinners—from official banquets nationwide. The ruling could... More »

Calif. Lawmakers Serve Up Vote on Shark Fin Soup

Law unfairly targets Chinese community, critics say

(Newser) - California lawmakers may take shark fin soup off the menu of every restaurant in the state next week—or at least try, CNN reports. Fueled by a growing disgust of finning—in which fishermen cut off the fin and toss the shark back in the ocean—the California Shark Protection... More »

Bahamas Bans Shark Fishing

It follows a similar move in Honduras

(Newser) - Score another one for the sharks: The Bahamas has banned shark fishing in its coastal waters, becoming the second Caribbean nation to institute a ban in the past month, the Washington Post reports. It is now illegal to fish for sharks in 240,000 square miles of water surrounding the... More »

As Global Appetite for Shark Fin Wanes, China Surges

China's taste for shark's fin going through a generation divide

(Newser) - There's a growing consciousness about the 73 million sharks killed each year to feed a global hunger for shark’s fin soup, but try telling that to China, writes Juliet Eilperin in a book excerpt in the Washington Post. For centuries, being able to afford the delicacy was a... More »

Shark Victims Work to Save Their Attackers

Pew group seeks to end irresponsible fishing

(Newser) - A group of shark victims has joined forces in an unlikely goal—saving the species that attacked them, the AP reports. Nine people who were attacked—in many cases, losing limbs or feet—visited the UN to lobby for more responsible management of shark fishing. "If a group like... More »

Brazilian Business Accused of Mutilating Sharks for Fins

Shark fin soup is the hot ticket in Asia

(Newser) - Here’s a story sure to rain on your Shark Week parade: A Brazilian environmental advocacy group is suing a Brazilian seafood exporter, alleging that it has been capturing sharks, cutting off their fins, and throwing the severely wounded creatures back into the water. Removing a shark’s fin is... More »

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