SOS ALERT: Save Our Sharks
Chinese New Year is nearly here (which is on 7th February in 2008, the Year of the Rat), and no doubt sharks fin soup will be on the menu in many households and restaurants….
Every year, in oceans around the world, tens of millions of sharks are hunted to meet the demand for shark fin soup. Sharks’ fins are often removed when the animals are still alive; the sharks are then thrown back into the water to endure a painful death from suffocation, blood loss, or predation by other species. Sharks are apex predators who play an essential role in marine ecosystems. The cruel and ecologically devastating practice of shark finning endangers their survival.
Here’s how you can help:
1. Never consume or serve any products containing shark fin. You should also be aware that consuming shark fin can have health implications, especially for children and pregnant women.
2. If you see shark fin on a restaurant menu, ask the management to stop serving it. Ask the restaurant to sign a No Shark Fin pledge. Download Consumer Cards and Pledge Forms from the Humane Society which you can print out and hand to restaurant managers. Give the Humane Society contact information of any business you come across that offers, markets or promotes shark fin.
3. Distribute brochures on ending the cruel practice of shark finning, downloadable in both English and simplified Chinese from the Humane Society website.
9. You yourself sign the Humane Society International’s No Shark Fin pledge and sign up to receive action alerts from the Humane Society International.
These are some of the other campaigns run by the Humane Society:
Animal cruelty and fighting
Fur and trapping
Chimps in research
Pets for life
Check out the animal channel at: http://video.hsus.org
Humane Society: www.hsus.org
Humane Society International: www.hsus.org/about_us/humane_society_international_hsi
Also check out People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. PETA is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with 1.6 million members. They aim to “establish and protect the rights of all animals. Like humans, animals are capable of suffering and have interests in leading their own lives; therefore, they are not ours to use – for food, clothing, entertainment, experimentation or any other reason. PETA-named affiliates around the world educate policymakers and the public about cruelty to animals and promote an understanding of the right of all animals to be treated with respect.”
PETA in the UK: www.peta.org.uk
PETA in the USA: www.peta.org
Make a New Year’s resolution. Going vegan not only protects animals, but also reduces your carbon footprint considerably, thereby contributing towards action against global warming. If you can’t manage going completely vegan, try it once a week or go vegetarian (when you can eat animal products such as milk and cheese.
Make an animal-friendly New Year’s resolution for 2008 to go Vegan or to go Vegetarian. Download the Top Ten reasons to go vegetarian in 2008 and order a free vegetarian starter kit. Do all of this at www.peta.org
Check out these affiliate websites:
Take a look at Irene Schleining’s animal website which focuses on whales and other endangered species at: www.whaleofatime.org
And Have a Whale of a Time. And best wishes for the New Year, and for doing your bit in 2008 to change the world.