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For Shark Month: Save Sharks from Becoming Shark Fin Soup

By Claire Kaufman, Environmental and Sustainability Program Manager

July is Shark Month, an exciting time to celebrate the beautiful blue creatures that roam our oceans. Sharks are important because they make sure the entire marine food chain runs properly. Without them, our oceans would look much different – for the worse.

However, sharks are in danger. Fishermen kill around 100 million sharks every year (source: Journal Marine Policy, 2013). Most of these sharks die because their fins are the essential ingredient in an expensive Asian dish called shark fin soup.

 

That’s where YOU come in. Project Peril, a Signature Program of GreaterGood.org, is working with the best wildlife organizations to bust shark fin crime networks, and we need your help.

Just one year ago, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) – one of our Project Peril partners – saved two whale sharks being held captive underwater in Indonesia. If not for WCS, these poor sharks would have ended up in China and other parts of Southeast Asia. Their fins would be chopped from their bodies and made into shark fin soup, while their bodies would be thrown aside to rot.

Instead, WCS rescued and released the whale sharks and arrested the wildlife criminals. Healthy and happy, these two sharks swam off to lead a normal shark life.

Photo: Paul Hilton for WCS

Photo: Paul Hilton for WCS

Because of YOUR support, GreaterGood.org’s Project Peril program can support organizations like WCS, who work tirelessly to arrest and prosecute wildlife criminals, saving not only sharks, but other marine animals like manta rays, seashells, and sea turtles.

To save these incredible creatures, and help our oceans at the same time, click here.

 

by Claire Kaufman, July 10, 2017