The other day I was at a supermarket and saw a canned product containing shark fin. The company says they do not support the inhumane act of cutting off the shark's fin and throwing the poor shark back to the water (this is done so as there is low demand for the other parts of the shark). They will catch the shark whole just like a usual fish and make use of the other parts as well. Humane as they said, it still doesn't make sense to me at all.
To throw the shark back to the water, the shark will bleed to death slowly and get attacked by the other fishes. To fish the whole shark out of the water, the shark will drown slowly in the air and get attacked by knives. In either case, the shark dies, and in a similar way. If you were the shark and have a choice, what will you choose? If I am, neither. I will rather be happily swimming in the sea carefree.
There are people who feel bad that the shark has it's fin cut off and thrown back to the sea to die painfully and quit eating shark fin. But if the shark is fished out of the water and left to die gaspnig, how much better can that be? And if most fishes are killed this way, why do we only avoid eating sharks and continue to eat all kinds of fish?
A big fish is a life, a tiny fish is also a life. It may seem different to us, but to them it's the same. Eat less fish, or better yet, quit eating fish.
the vegetarian shark will thank you for that, because he knows
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