In many parts of Asia and throughout the world, shark-fins are considered a delicacy, and as a result, certain shark species are quickly being added to the endangered list. To add insult to injury, just last week President Donald Trump was served and ate shark-fin soup during his recent state visit to Vietnam. In response, The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) issued the following statement:
“We are dismayed at the news that President Trump was served and ate shark-fin soup during the recent state visit to Vietnam. Dozens of shark species are listed as vulnerable or endangered worldwide. Nearly 100 million sharks are killed each year, with the global shark fin trade responsible for decimating shark populations.”
“Shark finning is illegal in the U.S and regulated in 21 countries for good reason. Shark finning is a horrible, inhumane practice involving cutting the fins from live sharks for shark fin soup, and throwing the shark back into the ocean. The practice has led to an extinction crisis for many shark species and a horrible death for those sharks finned.”
“This careless act demonstrates that President Trump does not understand the plight of endangered species worldwide. Actions like this undermine global conservation efforts and signal to world leaders that the US is abandoning its leadership role. If careless actions such as these continue, endangered species across the world will continue to be driven towards extinction, rolling back decades of progress.”
About IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare)
Founded in 1969, IFAW rescues and protects animals around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow them on social @action4ifaw and Facebook/IFAW.