Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Boycott Discovery's Shark Week

Discovery Channel's Shark Week panders to our fears of sharks, creating a blood lust for shark hunting and killing at the expense of an important top predator in need of saving. Don't watch it.

Shark Week also represents missed opportunities to raise awareness.

Segments about shark fin soup, overfishing, and a reality check on shark bites would go a long way to rationalizing the fear and telling the whole story -- that sharks and people are connected. People need healthy oceans and sharks are crucial to keeping oceans healthy.

Discover this: 
  • Tens of millions of sharks are killed each year for their fins for soup.
  • Overfishing kills sharks as bycatch and upsets the food web by removing their prey.
  • You are more likely to get hit by lighting than bit by a shark.
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