MYTH: Sharks are caught just like any other fish.

TRUTH: The practice of shark finning used to catch sharks is particularly cruel.

Since the shark fin is much more valuable than the rest of the shark’s body, most fisherman will catch a shark and remove all of its fins and throw the body back into the water. The shark is then left to suffocate slowly or is quickly eaten by other predators.

As well as being an inhumane way to catch sharks, it is particularly wasteful since so little of the shark is actually consumed. A shark’s fins are less than 5% of its body weight. A typical wedding banquet serving 300 guests shark fin soup can kill as many as 30 sharks.