Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Shark finning should be banned in Malaysia

I REFER to the report “Malaysia a key player in global shark trade” (The Star, Aug 17).

Instead of making headlines for some great achievements, Malaysia has been portrayed as a cruel nation for butchering an endangered species.

We should be ashamed of ourselves for being listed among the top 10 importers and exporters of shark fin in the world.

Why are we still continuing this brutal practice of hunting and finning sharks?

When are Malaysians going to learn to love, respect and protect animals as much as we care for our family and friends?

Sharks are finned while they are still alive and the rest of the body is thrown back into the ocean. It can take several days to die where some die due to starvation while others are eaten by other fishes in the ocean.

Imagine the pain and suffering these sharks have to go through for the sake of human interest in shark’s fin soup.

It is absolutely wasteful and atrocious to slice the fins off this amazing species.

In reality, the fins are tasteless and does not have any nutritional value. It is the broth which gives all the flavours to this expensive dish.

Millions of sharks are finned each year throughout the world. While some countries have taken steps to ban this inhumane activity, others choose to remain ignorant. Every single person is responsible to stop this barbaric act immediately as sharks are now facing extinction due to finning.

Sharks need to be protected for the benefit of the marine ecosystem.

Sharks are apex predators who play an essential role as ecological stabiliser. Decrease in their population will significantly threaten the stability of marine ecosystem. Shark finning also endangers their survival. They take many years to reach sexual maturity and they produce very few offspring.

I appeal to the Malaysian Government to impose a ban on shark hunting and finning with immediate effect. It is not the responsibility of one entity, but the whole nation have to work together to save sharks.

As the WildAid Organisation says: “When the buying stops, the killing can too”. I urge Malaysians to support the Government and NGOs to curb shark hunting and finning.

Please share with others about the predicament of sharks and also encourage them not to consume shark fin soup.

Do the least you could to stop shark finning and protect them so that they continue to exist.

If other countries can do it so can Malaysia. We don’t just say “Malaysia Boleh” but we have to prove that Malaysia in fact Boleh!



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