Richard Branson and Yao Ming have teamed up to ask China to ban shark fin soup.
Sharks are caught and their fins are cut off then they are thrown back into the water to die.
About 73 million sharks are killed each year!
“The world is getting wealthier. In China in particular people are getting more affluent. And they can now afford to buy shark fin soup. So it is a major problem. And therefore, there is a major battle to try to reverse that trend.”
Ming, who has actually had shark fin soup before he knew the toll it took on sharks, said:
“The shark fin soup doesn’t even have any flavor, but more important if you take all the sharks out of the ocean you destroy the ecosystem.”
Hopefully people in China will begin to listen to someone as celebrated in their country as Yao Ming.
Or at least Richard Branson will keep swimming with sharks to raise awareness so people will stop this horrible practice.
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