This horrendous practice is endangering the shark population. It is unutterably cruel, as the sharks are thrown back into the ocean without their fins and they sink to the bottom, where they die, as they cannot swim without their fins, obviously. This disgusting practice is all for the pervasive pleasure of greedy humans eating shark fin soup. So many animal abuses occur when certain cuisines are touted as delicacies, with no regard whatsoever for the poor animals that are sacrificed for--once again--human pleasure. Every time I think I've heard it all, something comes up that's even worse. We're destroying all that's good on our planet, and one of these days, we won't have to worry about it anymore. All of our precious animals will be gone at the rate we're driving them to extinction.