Discovery Channel's annual Shark Week is upon us; a week where we celebrate these glorious creatures of the sea. But our interest should extend beyond just one week a year. These top apex predators are in danger of disappearing, which will spell disaster for our ocean ecosystems. Nearly 73 million sharks are killed EVERY YEAR, largely in part to the shark fin trade. Recently, legislation was introduced (Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act of 2016) that will put a permanent ban on any trade of shark fin or related products in the United States. While the U.S. already has a ban in place to stop the practice of shark finning in U.S. waters, the fins themselves can still be bought and sold within our borders from other countries. This bill aims to stop that and hopefully motivate other countries to follow suit. If you are unfamiliar with the cruel practice of shark finning, please click here to view undercover video from StopSharkFinning.net (Be advised..they are very graphic). For more information and to find other ways to help, please visit our friends at Oceana.org.