Whilst shark attacks on humans are incredibly rare (between 2006 and 2010 there were an average of 4.2 fatal shark attacks each year world-wide. Source www.oceana.org), around 100 million sharks are slaughtered every year.
Sharks are fished for their meat, liver oil, cartilage and valuable fins, which are hacked off, often from live sharks, to be used in shark fin soup, an ancient and prized delicacy in East Asia. Since sharks have slow growth and reproductive rates, it can be tough for their populations to bounce back from big losses. Source: www.foxnews.com
Shark finning is incredibly cruel. Sharks have their fins hacked off whilst they are still alive and are then thrown back into the ocean to die a slow death. They will either be eaten alive, starve or drown due to not being able to move and extract oxygen from the water.
Take a look at www.stopsharkfinning.net for more facts on shark finning and what you can do to stop it.