Shark fin soup killing millions of sharks

Date: 1/12/2006

Scientists have advised that up to four times more sharks than previously thought are being slaughtered to fill the increasing demand for shark fin soup. It is estimated that each year between 26-73 million sharks, weighing up to 2.29 million tonnes, are killed for their fins which are used in the delicacy that costs $100 a bowl in Chinese restaurants. Figures reported to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization put the number at 0.4 to 0.6 million tonnes a year.

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