The consumption of shark fin soup as a rare delicacy in China has been on the decline thanks to the efforts of NBA star Yao Ming, conservationists, Chinese business leaders and others. Consumption has "gone down by 50 to 70 percent in the last two years," Peter Knights, executive director of WildAid, told the Washington Post.
According to the same article, the demand for this "fashionable" soup led to the killing of more than 70 million sharks last year alone. The problem stems from the fact that the nation is unaware of how their consumption impacts the species, which is why many believe the increase in awareness has led to a decrease in demand.
Chinese demand for endangered wildlife is not limited to just shark fins. Ivory is popular among the lavishly rich, which has led to an increase in elephant poaching in Africa as well.
As Knights told the Post, "Conservation is more about China now than it is about Africa. China can be the savior of wildlife or it can be the demise of it."
When you go to the beach, what do you expect to find? Probably sunbathers, sandcastles and obnoxious tourists.
Dead dolphins, however?
For some beachgoers this summer, it’s unfortunately true. An article from CNN revealed there were 228 recorded dolphin deaths this year from New York to Virginia, according to federal authorities. State officials in Virginia also shared that out of the more than 164 dolphin deaths in state waters this year, 78 carcasses washed ashore in August. Making these figures all the more startling is that there were only 111 deaths recorded last year.
A delicious feast for the eyes, DISNEYNATURE OCEANS takes you on an epic journey through the deep blue, with stunning imagery of the remarkable marine life ... and the enchanting, dreamy, vocal stylings of Pierce Brosnan.
Filmed with state-of-the-art underwater technology, the incredible cinematography will not disappoint. Witness the journey of the exquisite blanket octopus; the ballet of a school of fish; sleeping giants, humpback whales sleeping side-by-side -- just to name a few of the spectacular creatures of the deep you'll encounter.
Here's a sneak peek of the eye candy you can expect:
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