There has been a long time misconception on the threat that sharks have on humans. Originally developed after the release of the movie Jaws, the fear of being subject to a shark attack has escalated, causing humans to view sharks as an imminent threat to their lives. Due to their high status, sharks have been a desired delicacy for several years. Shark fins are mainly used in a popular Chinese dish known as shark fin soup, which originates back to Chinese emperors who saw it as an honorable and potentially healthy dish. Currently over 100 million sharks are being taken from the ocean each year due to shark hunting/finning (Shark Hunting – an Indiscriminate Trade). Drastically decreasing the amount of sharks can lead to a possible extinction which brings extreme danger to not only other marine life, but to humans and the overall ecosystem as well. Shark finning/hunting must be strictly prohibited to prevent an otherwise inevitable extinction of sharks.
Sharks…show more content… However, sharks are not an imminent danger to humans. Only on rare occasions there are incidents, and regardless humans are most likely not the sharks intended prey. About six people are killed by sharks per year, while humans kill over 100 million sharks a year. Who is the real danger? Oceana, a foundation developed by a group of other leading foundations known as The Pew Charitable Trusts, Oak Foundation, Marisla Foundation (formerly Homeland Foundation), and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund discuss that there are over 500 species of sharks in the world, and only about twelve can be potentially harmful to humans. Also, humans are not sharks preferred prey, and humans are often mistaken as different sea creatures. While humans may have an irrational fear of sharks, the chance of someone in the ocean getting killed by a shark is extremely slim. Thus, trying to justify the murder of millions of sharks is