All the anti-Shark Fin campaigns may be doing some good as the demand for shark fins has declinedby 50 to 70 percent. Once a rare delicacy served to honored guests, shark fin soup had become so popular among China’s fast-growing elite in recent years that it was pushing some shark species close to extinction.
A barrage of anti shark fin soup campaigns, that eventually got even the government to banthe delicacy from official banquets, has helped enormously.
U.S.-based conservation organization WildAid, a Non Governmental Organization that works for ending illegal wildlife trade, estimated that up to 73 million sharks are killed each year for their fins. As a result of years of large-scale fin harvesting, one third of the world's nearly 500 shark species faced extinction.
One of the saddest aspects is the process of “Finning’ he sharks. Most of these sharks are de-finned and thrown back into the sea to drown or bleed to death.
In 2006, Chinese professional basketball player Yao Ming was enlisted by WildAid, to be the face of a public awareness campaign.
There onwards, it has been a massive campaign against the use of shark fins and protecting the near-endangered species.
A successful businessman, Jim Zhang, business man turned environmentalist is one of the prminant names behind the campaign.
Zhang convinced about 30 members of China’s 2,987-delegate legislature, the National People’s Congress, to sign a proposal in 2011 calling for a ban on shark fin imports.
Just a few years ago, this seemed impossible to achieve but hats off to all who refused to give up and tried till they succeeded!
Here are some of the images from the campaigns that have been a great part of the achievement: