Sharks are killed or have their fins cut off while they're still alive and then are left to die. "200,000 sharks are killed for the fin trade every day," Candace Crespi, of OPS, told The Dodo. "Our generation is the last generation that can stop this."
In a major victory for these animals, one major shipping magnate, UPS, decided last week to stop shipping shark fins. "After consultation with expert advisors from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Oceans Team, UPS has chosen to no longer accept shipments of shark fins from any species effective August 18, 2015," UPS told The Dodo, citing logistical concerns about inspection of the shipments as well as worries about the impacts on the environment as the reasons for the move.