Sleek, powerful and endlessly fascinating, sharks have roamed the oceans for millions of years.

Their unjustly fearsome reputation has come with a cost: Each year, tens of millions of sharks are killed for their fins which are mainly used in shark fin soup, an Asian delicacy eaten around the world. Nearly a quarter of all shark species are threatened with extinction.

Great white shark swimming with fish Western Cape Province, South Africa.
Turning the tide for sharks

Thirteen states now ban the sale of shark fins. We’re also making great gains globally on the shark finning issue through Humane Society International.

Did you know?

A healthy ocean needs sharks; by controlling populations of other predatory fish species, sharks play a key role in a fragile food web and the health of coral reefs.

Fins being removed from a great hammerhead shark

By refusing to consume or serve any product containing shark fin, you will help drastically reduce the demand for this "delicacy," thereby protecting vulnerable shark species from extinction.

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