The oceans of the world are turning red with blood. The bloody water is not from a Hollywood-inspired shark attack but from the mass murder being committed against the iconic predators of the sea, the shark. Sharks are being hunted down and killed for their fins at an alarming rate, which WILL lead to extinction if nothing is done.

Sharks haven’t always had the best reputation. They are mostly feared as man-eaters and predators, thanks to movies like “Jaws” and the occasional shark attack. However, these vital species in the oceanic ecosystem are being viciously mutilated and executed by the sharp blades of a growing shark fin trade.

The multi-billion dollar shark fin industry is causing significant damage to all shark species. It is estimated that 100 million sharks are killed due to the shark fin trade every year. As the shark fin trade has increased in the past 15 years due to the increase popularity and economic access to shark fin soup in countries like China, shark populations have plummeted by 60 to 90 percent.

There is still hope for exposing this awful industry to the world in an effort to prevent the extinction of sharks.  The documentary film “Extinction Soup” is currently looking for funding to finish post-production details. This film exposes the cruelty of the industry and gets its title from one of the main drivers of the shark fin trade, shark fin soup.

Producer and director Philip Walker presents a video on the funding page. The video shows graphic scenes of finless sharks floating, helplessly at the bottom of the ocean, gills flapping in panic as they slowly suffocate in absolute torture. This mutilation is just as bad as de-horning rhinos and elephants, except sharks don’t always get the empathy they deserve.

Although over 100 countries have banned shark finning, including the most recent country of New Zealand, more still needs to be done. The best approach to solving the mass murder that is the shark fin trade is awareness. By spreading the knowledge that shark fin soup is fueling the demise of an entire species and advocating new laws to protect sharks, the species may have a chance.

As “Extinction Soup” explains it, fighting the shark fin trade isn’t just saving sharks, it’s saving the oceans and us humans as well. So let’s sharpen our own teeth and fight this awful trade across the globe. Support the documentary “Extinction Soup” or help spread the word via social media, and what you do — DO NOT order shark fin soup!