Join with Animals Australia to help ban the sale of shark fins


What’s happening?

Shark fin soup was once considered a Chinese delicacy that only the most wealthy could afford. Demand for shark fin soup has now grown and this has been driving a practice that is seeing shark populations dwindling, and individual animals suffering painfully cruel deaths.

With the fins being the only ‘valuable’ parts of their bodies, fishermen are often known to cut off sharks’ fins while the animals are still alive and then dump their bodies overboard. Unable to swim, mortally injured sharks sink to the ocean floor where they slowly drown or are eaten alive.

Animals Australia’s efforts

Animals Australia are Australia’s leading animal protection organisation. They represent some 40 member groups, over 1.5 million individual supporters, and they (along with their global arm, Animals International) have an unprecedented track record in investigating and exposing animal cruelty and for conducting world-first strategic public awareness campaigns.

There are many devastating effects and impacts of shark finning. These include the loss and devastation of shark populations around the world. Experts estimate that within a decade, most species of shark will be lost because of long-line fishing. Also, the massive quantity of sharks harvested and lack of selection deplete shark populations faster than their reproductive abilities can replenish populations. And, local waters are invaded by large industrial, foreign fishing vessels that threaten traditional sustainable fisheries.

“Finning at sea is illegal in Australia — where laws require fisherman to bring the whole shark to shore. But these laws are hard to police and in many parts of the world sharks have no protection at all.” – Animals Australia

Supporting Animals Australia

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care agency providing services in Sydney, including the greater metropolitan areas, Central Coast and parts of the Hunter region of NSW, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people in NSW, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. We are always interested in hearing from those passionate about making a meaningful difference for a child in foster care or a family requiring assistance. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialise in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

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How you can help

Animals Australia believes that most effective way to protect sharks from cruelty and extinction is to stop the demand for shark fins with a sales ban. Join with Animals Australia and call on your MP to help introduce a ban on the sale of shark fins in Australia.



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