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Saving Sharks

Sharks are evil, scary creatures that need to be wiped off the face of the planet, right? Wrong. In fact, you're way more likely to be killed by a pop machine falling on you, than by being eaten by a shark. Since sharks are near the top of the ocean food-chain, they play an essential part in marine ecosystems. Check out what some peeps are doing to save these misunderstood fish.

Why Do Sharks Need to Be Saved?

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the marine environment. Their work with sharks focuses on trying to protect these giant fish from illegal "shark finning". Sharks are often caught and killed for their fins, which are used to make shark fin soup (a delicacy in many countries). Sharks are caught, killed and their fins are removed before their bodies are dumped back in the water. Because of these practices, many shark species are already extinct.

What Are the Sea Shepherds Doing?

Sea Shepherd crewmembers have followed shark poachers (peeps who fish for sharks illegally) and filmed their activities to educate people on the brutality of shark fishing. They also try to teach the public and world governments about the beauty of sharks and their importance to the marine environment.

What Can You Do to Help Save Sharks?

  • Refuse to eat shark fin soup and don't eat in restaurants that serve shark fin soup.
  • Spread the word to your peeps about illegal shark fishing.
  • Convince the 'rents to make your next vacation shark-friendly. Consider going diving with the sharks as part of an "eco-tourism" package. The more money that goes into this kind of tourism, the more governments will realize that saving sharks is just plain smart.

Sharks - Did U Know?

  • The great white shark can grow up to 19-21 feet (5.8 - 6.4 meters) long.
  • There are more than 350 species of shark.
  • Sharks shed their teeth. Some species can go through as many as 30,000 teeth in their lifetime.
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Is it OK to Kill Sharks Just for Their Fins?

  • Yeah, shark fins are tastey.
  • No, people should eat the whole shark if they're going to kill them.
  • No, I'm veggie. I don't think people should eat any animals.
  • I don't know.

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Xavieria posted in Debating:
I'd vote out - it costs us £350 million a week. Think of how much more money we'd have to spend on schools and the NHS. It's enough to build a new NHS hospital every week. Less than half of this is given back - and we have no say whatsoever where this money goes. Though of course, millions are spent on limos and expenses for Euro MPs.  We'd be in charge of our borders. We can control who comes in and who goes out, which is generally safer, and we won't be overruled by EU judges. Worried about jobs? The EU stops us from signing our own trade deals with countries like Australia, or growing economies like China or Brazil. I personally don't think there'd be an huge loss of jobs, but if jobs are lost, they can quickly be recovered through these new trade deals, and help us thrive economically.
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I'm surprised it didn't take you 40 days and 40 nights to write all that.
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