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Most people have no idea about the risks and impacts of consuming shark fin soup. It only takes a few minutes to learn the facts and inform friends, colleagues and family members.
An estimated 100 million sharks are killed each year, mostly to meet the demand for shark fin soup. That's over 1.9 million sharks killed every week! Shark fin restaurant owners in Bangkok’s Chinatown alone have claimed to be selling more than 20,000 bowls of shark fin soup per month.
Globally, shark populations are in catastrophic decline and some populations of sharks (bull, dusky and smooth hammerheads) have experienced a 99% population decline since the 1950s. 1 in 3 species of open ocean sharks are now threatened with extinction. Sharks are slow to mature and reproduce, making population recovery difficult. As apex predators, sharks play an important part in maintaining the balance of healthy marine ecosystems that billions of people depend on for food.
Shark fin soup can be hazardous to your health. Sharks have the highest levels of concentrated mercury of any fish, posing serious health risks for consumers. Linked problems include: neurological disorders and cognitive dysfunction, central nervous system damage, infertility and fetal development problems.