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China claims shark fin consumption has dropped 70% since 2012, but wait before you celebrate... -
Official numbers show 70% drop in the consumption of shark fins in China. Numbers out of Hong Kong also show a 20-30% drop in shark fin imports. This is great, but attitudes also need to change, otherwise the problem will just come back as soon as these restrictions are gone. Up to 100 million sharks are killed each year for their fins alone, and 44 species of shark in Chinese waters are endangered or face extinction. Hong Kong Marine Products Association complains that the reduction in shark fin consumption hurts poor fishermen in places like India, Africa and Latin America. We definitely need to help poor fishermen find a _sustainable_ way to earn a living. Encouraging them to fin sharks isn't a solution. Read complete article ‎- silpol