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Poached Shark Fins Seized
News Bytes 02/10/2020 11 Comments

Wildlife inspectors seized 1,400 pounds of shark fins at a Miami, Florida, port last week, officials say.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the shipment of dried fins arrived in 18 boxes. Those officials believe the sharks were poached off the coast of South America. As with many such illegally acquired animal parts, the fins were likely bound for Asia.

The commercial value of the large volume of fins is between $700,000 and $1 million.

Poachers and smugglers kill tens of millions of sharks each year. Conservation groups say that the ecological bandits cut the fins from live animals. People who buy the gory harvest use it to make shark fin soup—a coveted delicacy in China.

The soup isn’t prized for its great taste. Shark fins are not flavorful—in fact, people who’ve tried the soup say the fins are tasteless and bland. But Asian superstition holds that shark fins impart long life, physical beauty, and other benefits to those who consume the soup. For that reason, the pricey stew is traditionally served at wedding banquets. Chinese culture considers sharing the soup in community a way to bring “good fortune” to the newlyweds.

While much in God’s creation is good for our physical health and longevity, the Bible is clear that God Himself is the giver. 1 Timothy 4:7 warns us to be on our guard against placing our hope in the wrong things. It says, “Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness.”

(Confiscated shark fins on display at a news conference on Thursday, February 6, 2020, in Doral, Florida. The fins were probably headed to Asia. AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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That's terrible!

So let me get this straight: Sharks are being killed so we can have their fins, which seem to have one use, bland tasteless soup. That's just really sad! And 1,400 pounds of shark fins? That is a lot!

I really like sharks, so this

I really like sharks, so this stuff has always made me sad.


I not really a shark fan, but that's really horrible!!

I would not want to serve

I would not want to serve bland, expensive soup that is hurting the environment and benefiting poachers because superstition claims it will bring long life and physical beauty.

5th comment

This is horrible! I mean MAYBE I would understand if they ate the whole shark. But it would still be bad, this is so sad:(

that's horrible! I've never

that's horrible! I've never been a shark person, but that's not their fault. They are just being what God made them to be. I can't believe people would actually do this.

Shark fin soup

The shark fin soup industry is a terrible industry. Sharks are caught, their fins are cut off, then they are dropped back into the ocean, still alive but unable to swim where they eventually die.
But the worst thing about the industry isn't the way the sharks are treated, it's the unbelievably huge amounts of sharks that are killed. 100 Million sharks are killed every year by humans, this is a huge number, so lets break it down to make it easier to visualize.
100 Million a year is
273,973 a day,
11,416 an hour,
190 a minute,
3 every second.
The average reading speed of a human is about 250 words per minute, so in the time it took you to read this 133 word comment, approximately 96 sharks have died.


Wow! How did you do that lol! That is pretty sad though!


Wow, I didn't realize it was that bad!

oh my!

that's so sad! thanks Zack, that was cool. of course that is an average right?
i don't understand how all those shark fins could cost so much! crazy!
this is the same thing that happened with the slave trade(except not as bad). the people selling them get rich ,and so rich that they care even less about what they do as long as they get the benefit. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23


oh, wait. you said approximately in your comment. oops, my bad.

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