Chinese President Petitioned to Stop Cruel Shark Slaughter

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Sharks Fin soup, mainly eaten in China, is the cause of a massive ecological disaster, the near extinction of many species of shark.

Sharks Fin soup, mainly eaten in China, is the cause of a massive ecological disaster, the near extinction of many species of shark. Now Bruce Everiss, the owner of diving website Scubabrucie.com http://www.scubabrucie.com/ has started an online petition so anyone can voice their feelings on this issue.

The petition http://www.petitiononline.com/SharkS/petition.html is worded as follows:

"To: Hu Jintao president of the People's Republic of China.

Currently the Chinese people are eating a soup which is causing the biggest ecological disaster of our time. Supplying the demand for Shark's Fin soup involves the death of what best estimates say are between 50 and 150 million sharks a year. This is unsustainable and will inevitably lead to all sharks becoming extinct, many species are already over 90% eradicated.

The shark is the apex predator that keeps the whole ecology of the sea in balance and healthy. Nobody knows what the effects of their removal will be but is can be guaranteed to involve a lot of unwanted harmful outcomes.

This petition seeks the Chinese government to ban the catching, import and sale of sharks and all shark related products."

Bruce Everiss explains what led to this, saying, "SCUBA divers, uniquely, can see the ecology of the sea with their own eyes. We have seen the sharks disappear from the world's oceans. Now, by signing this petition, anyone can let the Chinese government know that they need to act before it is too late and all the sharks are gone. The fishing practice of taking the fins off live sharks and throwing them back into the sea to die slowly over what can be several weeks is totally barbaric."

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