Shark attack survivors lobby to protect sharks
Nine shark bite victims presented themselves in Capitol Hill in Washington, to lobby for the support of US Congress to protect wildlife sharks, according to CBS.
The nine people urged Congress to review a loophole that a number of fishermen have been exploiting to get around the shark finning ban.
“Most shark species just can’t reproduce fast enough to sustain the type of commercial fishing that’s going on for them,” said Neil Hammerschlag, who researches sharks in the University of Miami.
A third of shark species are threatened with extinction, with about an estimated 100 million sharks killed every year. Most of these deaths are for the harvesting of shark fins, which is an essential ingredient in shark fin soup, an Asian delicacy.
“You would think that we would all hate sharks,” said Debbie Salamone, one of the shark attack victims.