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 The ironic truth:Ever  since the movie, Jaws, people have had an irrational fear of sharks.  The ironic truth is that humans are the ones killing off all the sharks.  You’re more likely to die from lightning strikes or falling coconuts  than sharks. There are only around 60 shark attacks per year, and only  around 4 of those attacks are fatal. The shark attacks are usually  accidents in which the shark mistakes a surfer for a seal. However, over  104,000,000 sharks are killed by humans every year.Around 78  million of the 104 million dead sharks are killed only for their fins to  be put into shark fin soup. The soup is a popular dish in Asian  countries, and falsely believed to have health benefits such as sex life  enhancement. Shark finning is the cruel act of cutting off the shark’s  fins while it is still alive, then the still living shark is wastefully  thrown back into the ocean to die a slow and painful death. Can you  imagine the agony of someone chopping off your arms and legs and leaving  you to bleed to death just so they can have a make believe better sex  life?The irony of the situation is that due to all the  pollution we dump into the ocean, the sharks and other apex predators  like dolphins and whales have accumulated a dangerous level of toxins  such as mercury (this process called biomagnication is not as bad with  fish on the lower food chain so we can still eat those). Eating animals  like sharks can cause mercury poisoning, which will not only cause nerve  damage and eventual retardation, but also decrease your sexual  performance.  Why it matters to YOU:Sharks  are an important part of our ecosystem. They have been around for 430  million years, and that time, all of the ocean’s life have evolved  around sharks. If sharks go extinct, the fragile balance of the ocean  will be thrown into chaos. Without sharks to eat fish on the lower food  chain, those fish will breed out of control and eat all the plankton  that’s needed to produce oxygen. Unlike some fish that lays  thousands of eggs every year, sharks only produce 2-20 pups per year. If  we catch them at the same rate as other fish we eat, they will go  extinct. What worse is that people don’t even eat the shark itself, just  the fins because they believe it will help their sex life.  How you can help:Shark  finning is technically banned in many countries, but there is no real  effort to stop the illegal trade of shark fins. However, just by simply  spreading awareness about the toxic truth behind shark fin soup, we can  help bring down the demand for shark fins which will ultimately break  down the illegal trade. If people are educated about the fact that shark  fin soup doesn’t actually make them better at sex, and that it can  actually poison them, then they will no long want to buy it. A  simple way to spread awareness is to post this picture on your own dA,  blog, or website along with the info above. You have my full permission  repost this drawing anywhere you want. Also tweet and facebook it to all  your friends and family. The more people who knows, the more difference  we can make!

 The ironic truth:
Ever since the movie, Jaws, people have had an irrational fear of sharks. The ironic truth is that humans are the ones killing off all the sharks. You’re more likely to die from lightning strikes or falling coconuts than sharks. There are only around 60 shark attacks per year, and only around 4 of those attacks are fatal. The shark attacks are usually accidents in which the shark mistakes a surfer for a seal. However, over 104,000,000 sharks are killed by humans every year.

Around 78 million of the 104 million dead sharks are killed only for their fins to be put into shark fin soup. The soup is a popular dish in Asian countries, and falsely believed to have health benefits such as sex life enhancement. Shark finning is the cruel act of cutting off the shark’s fins while it is still alive, then the still living shark is wastefully thrown back into the ocean to die a slow and painful death. Can you imagine the agony of someone chopping off your arms and legs and leaving you to bleed to death just so they can have a make believe better sex life?

The irony of the situation is that due to all the pollution we dump into the ocean, the sharks and other apex predators like dolphins and whales have accumulated a dangerous level of toxins such as mercury (this process called biomagnication is not as bad with fish on the lower food chain so we can still eat those). Eating animals like sharks can cause mercury poisoning, which will not only cause nerve damage and eventual retardation, but also decrease your sexual performance.

 Why it matters to YOU:
Sharks are an important part of our ecosystem. They have been around for 430 million years, and that time, all of the ocean’s life have evolved around sharks. If sharks go extinct, the fragile balance of the ocean will be thrown into chaos. Without sharks to eat fish on the lower food chain, those fish will breed out of control and eat all the plankton that’s needed to produce oxygen.

Unlike some fish that lays thousands of eggs every year, sharks only produce 2-20 pups per year. If we catch them at the same rate as other fish we eat, they will go extinct. What worse is that people don’t even eat the shark itself, just the fins because they believe it will help their sex life.

 How you can help:
Shark finning is technically banned in many countries, but there is no real effort to stop the illegal trade of shark fins. However, just by simply spreading awareness about the toxic truth behind shark fin soup, we can help bring down the demand for shark fins which will ultimately break down the illegal trade. If people are educated about the fact that shark fin soup doesn’t actually make them better at sex, and that it can actually poison them, then they will no long want to buy it.

A simple way to spread awareness is to post this picture on your own dA, blog, or website along with the info above. You have my full permission repost this drawing anywhere you want. Also tweet and facebook it to all your friends and family. The more people who knows, the more difference we can make!

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