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January 28, 2009

Don't Eat Shark Fin Soup for Chinese New Year

Humane Society International

Humane Society International is bringing its campaign against shark finning to the Chinese New Year celebrations in many major cities this week.

Every year, in oceans around the world, tens of millions of sharks are hunted to meet the demand for shark fin soup. Shark 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 which play an essential role in marine ecosystems. The cruel and ecologically devastating practice of shark finning endangers their survival — and that of the species that rely on them.

HSI is achieving policy changes and is reaching out to consumers to increase awareness of the devastating impact that the consumption of shark fin soup has on sharks and marine ecosystems. HSI volunteers will reach out to consumers at Chinese New Year events in San Francisco, Washington, Maryland, Boston, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Toronto. To view and to download HSI shark finning campaign materials in English as well as traditional and simplified Chinese text, please visit hsi.org/sharkfin.

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Humane Society International is the international arm of The Humane Society of the United States, one of the world's largest animal protection organizations — backed by 10.5 million people. HSI is creating a better future for animals and people through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide — On the web at hsi.org.

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