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We throw away more than 25 billion disposable coffee cups each year, and many of these end up as debris in our oceans. Ocean debris kills nearly a million sea creatures each year.
Shark finning is neither humane nor sustainable. Any shark is taken, regardless of size, age, or species.
After its fins are cut off, the shark is thrown back into the water. Unable to swim, and bleeding to death, the shark suffers a slow and torturous death.
Sharks are especially vulnerable to overfishing and are slow to recover from depletion because they generally grow slowly, mature late, and produce few offspring.
Some sharks take up to 25 years to reach sexual maturity.
The oceanic system is a complex one, and an imbalance in the food chain causes a series of disruptive and damaging events, some of which can be irreversible.
As an apex predator, sharks are vital to the health of the ocean. Removal of the top predator would eventually cause a collapse of the oceanic ecosystem.
At least 1/2 of all oxygen on the planet is produced by the oceans, and some experts contend it may be as much as much as 90%.
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