Shark fin soup: CITES fails to protect 5 species of sharks from overfishing and finning

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) this week decided not to create any new international trade restrictions to protect five endangered shark species, all of which are highly prized for their use in the Chinese delicacy known as shark fin soup, or as I call it “extinction in a bowl.”

Shark fin soup is particularly unappetizing dish to conservationists, as shark “finning” remains one of the most controversial hunting or fishing activities in the world. Sharks are caught, their fins are chopped off, and the bodies (which are not prized) are dumped back into the ocean–often alive, where they suffer a horrible death.

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