If our blog statistics are to be believed, most of the people reading this sentence are from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, and Germany, in that order. Most shark conservation organizations focus their blame on the rising middle class in China, but did you that mako, dogfish, and thresher sharks are sold as fish & chips and filets? And did you know that there are many products available to you that are made from shark? A quick search of Amazon.com discovered these items:
Shark soup is clearly one of the drivers of shark mortality. A 2006 study estimated that between 26-73 million sharks were killed each year to supply the shark fin trade in Hong Kong. While shark fin soup is very popular in Asia, it is also available in your country. It is served at your local Chinese restaurant, and you can have it delivered to your door.
Squalene pills are made from processed shark livers. The makers claim they have some kind of health benefit. Squalene can also be made from olives. One wonders why you would use shark livers when you can use olives?