This week Chile joined the ranks of the many nations that have banned the practice of shark finning. Shark finning is a brutal process. Sharks' fins are sliced off and the sharks are then thrown back overboard where they bleed to death, are eaten by other animals or drown. Sharks now caught in Chilean waters will be required to be landed with fins naturally attached.
Millions of sharks are killed annually for their fins, which are often used in shark fin soup. Other nations that have banned the practice of shark finning include Palau, the Maldives, Honduras, the Bahamas, India, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Mexico, Namibia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Portugal, Romania, Samoa, Scotland, Seychelles, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan and the Untied States, according to Oceana.