Shark Girl

This blog is going to be a bit of a new undertaking for me.  I have started it with only a vague direction in mind so it will be interesting to see where it goes, but it’s an attempt to channel my inner “tree hugging hippy” and environmental concerns, if you will.

I recently read about shark finning and it made me sick. Either I had heard about it before and it never clicked, or I live under a rock. I honestly hadn’t thought about sharks since middle school/high school when a friend of mine used to talk about them all the time. He was obsessed. Looking back, I wish I had thought to ask him what spawned his love of sharks.

I am one of those people who loves all animals. I cried when I read about the Western Black Rhino becoming extinct. People don’t stop and think. What does the human race think is going to become of itself if we kill off all of the planets animal species? Scientists have estimated that the human race would survive two years without bees. Two years! That’s not very long. As a society we think about the hear and now without thought into the future. We don’t consider what consequences our actions are going to have on our environment. Now the U.S. has a President that has censored the words “climate change” and removed all mention of it as well as remove “harmful and unnecessary” policies designed to protect the planet we live on.

I recently moved blocks away from the Rappahannock River in Virginia. I was reading about the river and learned that it’s one of the cleanest rivers in the U.S. That’s a huge change from living near the Cuyahoga River that was so polluted that in 1969 it caught on fire. That river, along with Lake Erie, is still recovering from the damage that was done to it. The thing is, even though the Rappahannock has some of the cleanest water, it is the most endangered U.S. river because of fracking. Every day our environment is hurt in some way in the name of profit.

This brings me to sharks. 73 million sharks are killed a year. The bulk of those 73 million sharks are killed for their fins. The fins are removed while the shark is still alive and the body is thrown back into the ocean to drown. Those that hunt sharks for their fins don’t differentiate between threatened/endangered sharks and those that aren’t. There is big money in shark fins. They fetch around $500 USD a pound…all for an expensive bowl of soup.

In our society animals are worth more dead than alive. Rhino horn is valued at $50,000 a pound and the average rhino horn goes between 2 and 7 pounds.  With the promise of that kind of cash, is it any wonder the Western Black Rhino was hunted to extinction? Sharks are well on their way to being the next victim of man.

…and that is what prompted this blog. The need to educate and raise awareness. We need sharks for a healthy planet. I don’t know about anyone else, but I want to live on a healthy planet, not one slowly being destroyed in the name of profit and selfishness.

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