Thousands of sharks slaughtered for their fins in Indonesia
Dead sharks of all sizes were photographed at the Karngsong fish auction in Indonesia’s West Java Province on Tuesday. WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES.
Horrific images show thousands of dead sharks piled up on a market floor in Indonesia as workers hack off their fins. Sharks of all sizes were photographed at the Karngsong fish auction on June 21, in Indramayu, in Indonesia’s West Java Province. The country is one of the world’s largest shark catchers due to a demand for shark fins in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China. In China shark fins are regarded as a delicacy and the fins are one of the world’s most valuable fish products. They are the main ingredient in shark fin soup, which is priced as high as £68 per bowl. The soup is a symbol of wealth, hospitality and status in China and is often consumed at special occasions such as weddings and banquets.
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The fins are often laid out to dry before being transported across Asia and Green Peace Indonesia data shows the country produces at least 486 tons of dried shark fins a year, the Jakarta Post reports.