THE LAW OF NATURE FOUNDATION
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12 July 2011
Resorts World ManilaNewport Boulevard, Newport CityPasay, 1309, Metro ManilaPhilippinesDear Sir/Madame:My name is Anna Oposa, an advocate of the environment. I had a business meeting inPassion last month, and found out that the restaurant offers shark
s fin soup.Studies show that sharks, as the apex of the marine ecosystem, have among the highestlevels of toxic mercury found in fish. Organizations all over the world, including the UnitedStates Environmental Protection Agency, the World Health Organization, and the Food andAgriculture Organization of the United Nations, recognize mercury to be a dangerousneurotoxin that can cause male sterility and extensive damage to the nervous system andfetuses. These organizations warn against eating shark meat, especially pregnant women,women who plan to become pregnant, and children.In addition to its potential health hazards, the high consumption of shark
s fin soup hasalarming implications to the environment. The 2006 Red List of shark species published bythe World Conservation Union listed 110 species of sharks and rays that are either criticallyendangered, endangered, or vulnerable, while a further 96 are facing some level ofthreat. Sharks grow slowly, mature late, and do not reproduce often, which means that sharkpopulations are particularly vulnerable to overfishing and recover slowly, if at all.Approximately 70-100 million sharks are killed annually to meet the demand of theinternational shark trade, which increases by more than 5% a year. Limited regulations existto control this trade. As the top predators of the sea, sharks play an important role inregulating all the species in the marine ecosystem. The loss of sharks can cause the entiremarine ecosystem and biodiversity to collapse.
Shark slaughter occurring in northern Philippines