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Environmentalists Warn of Shark Troubles

Many species of shark are facing a serious threat to their existence because of worldwide fishing trends, environmentalists said Wednesday.

Fishermen "used to cut the lines and let sharks go," said Pete Kinghts, executive director of WildAid, a San Francisco-based conservation group, told a shark conservation conference. In recent years, however, fishermen have kept the sharks to sell their lucrative fins.

One-third of the more than 500 shark species are threatened with extinction or are close to being threatened, said Sarah Fowler of the World Conservation Union.

Exotic dishes face Olympian chop

Chinese officials should ensure that shark's fin, swallow's nest, bear's paw, snake and other dishes that might "upset" foreigners are removed from restaurants before the 2008 Olympics, state media on Wednesday quoted a local lawmaker as saying.

"Serving shark's fin to foreign guests during the Olympic Games could greatly hurt China's image, and officials should start removing the dish from the dining tables right now," the official Xinhua News Agency quoted Xu Zhihong, a Beijing deputy to the National People's Congress, as saying.

Chinese Know Little About Shark Conservation - Survey

There is growing public support in China for the need to protect the world's dwindling shark population, but little understanding about the connection between conservation and shark finning, according to a survey.

Shark fin, once offered as a gift to emperors, is traditionally served at Chinese wedding banquets and occasions when the host wants to impress guests with expensive and unusual dishes.

Some also believe it is good for health.

WildAid Partners with World Channel Inc.

WildAid's new partner, KMTP32 World Channel, is now showing our PSAs in their primetime schedule, bringing our conservation messages to the Chinese community in California's Bay Area.

World Channel is a diverse and multi-faceted entertainment company that provides quality in-language entertainment to Chinese communities in key cities across North America. We would like to extend a special thank you to World Channel as their generous donation of airtime will be instrumental in reaching out to the Chinese American community.

Shark fin soup threatens to wipe out the world’s oldest predator and damage consumer health

International conservation group WildAid and the Singapore Environment Council today launched a new report and public service campaign to raise the alarm that sharks continued to be slaughtered in vast numbers to supply shark fin soup. Analysis of trade data indicated that fins from between 40 to 70 million sharks are being used annually for soup.

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