The Underwater Channel cares passionately about the health of the world's oceans and wants secure futures for all marine animals. We believe it is completely unacceptable that sharks, which are one of earth's oldest inhabitants, are now being pushed towards extinction by man, one of earth's more recent residents.
On average in recent years sharks have accounted for less than ten human deaths annually in all the world's seas to fuel the growing demand for shark fins, man has been killing up to 100 million sharks each year. The Underwater Channel wants action and we are urging our viewers to contact the United Nations Secretary-General and request that member states be made aware of the threats to sharks and encouraged to put in place effective legislation to stop shark-finning, or more effectively police existing laws.
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"The demand for shark fins has meant that some
WildAid is also supporting The Underwater Channel's petition. Executive Director, Peter Knights says, "The killing of sharks is the largest slaughter of wildlife going on today. Sharks have survived for nearly 4 million years and it would be a massive tragedy if we wipe them out in a single human generation."
Save Our Seas Foundation are also resolute in their support to bring an end to shark finning. "We need to ask ourselves: do we want to be remembered as the generation that sat back and did nothing as entire populations of sharks were eradicated from the world's oceans, or as the generation that turned the tide, and stopped this unnecessary slaughter? Sharks survived the mass extinction of the dinosaurs but are now in danger of being lost forever. By removing apex predators from the food chain, we are tilting the ecological balance of our seas. This not only threatens the stability of all marine life, but it threatens the future of humanity. People who have signed this petition understand and care about the plight of our worlds sharks, they hope you will listen and take action too.''
Campaign director for Bite-Back, Graham Buckingham, said: "The worldwide trade in shark fins is moving one of the most majestic creatures on earth closer to extinction. Governments and retailers that allow this trade to continue unchecked are effectively endorsing an underwater genocide. We must work hard to motivate these groups to bring an urgent end the trade in shark fins and
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Michael Aw, shark campaigner and Founder of Ocean Geographic said "Sharks are instinctual. It is people that lack
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