‘Ugly’ Species losing Conservation Funds to ‘Celebrity’ Species

There are nearly 20,000 animal and plant species in the world that are threatened and need all the help they can get to survive on the planet, but according to a new report, only 80 odd ‘celebrity species’ hog the limelight with little funding or conservation efforts for the others equally doomed.

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Study: Sharks Worth More For Tourism Than in Soup

Even though it is illegal in most countries, shark fin soup can easily cost upwards of $100 per bowl. In some cultures the fin is said to have many health benefits like boosting sexual potency, enhancing skin quality, increasing one’s qi or energy, preventing heart disease, and lowering cholesterol. For this reason the number of sharks who are killed for their fins around the world is staggering.

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