10 Animals Whose Fates Rest In Our Hands

bluefin tuna

Our beautiful planet is a diverse and resilient place, filled with countless creatures who stir our hearts and imaginations. But sadly, human activities and the global climate change we’re precipitating threaten that diversity and resiliency.

In honor of The Huffington Post’s 10th anniversary, here are 10 animals you should care about (if you don’t already).

Bluefin Tuna

Bluefin tuna, which have been described as the “Ferrari of the ocean,” are remarkable creatures. They are fast and efficient swimmers, and the Atlantic species can grow to be 10 feet in length and weigh more than a horse.

They are also a very popular seafood, especially in sushi, and are very valuable commercially. But stocks of all three bluefin species have declined from overfishing. All are now listed as vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered.

In December 2014, Pacific fishing nations reached a consensus agreement on limiting takes of Pacific bluefin to aid conservation efforts. Scientists advising the session of the Western & Pacific Fisheries Commission said that Pacific bluefin populations are at 4 percent of historical numbers.

shark water

Sharks may conjure up images of bloodthirsty killers like “Jaws,” or may remind of us tragic stories about occasional attacks on beach-goers, but the truth is that we kill sharks at a far greater rate than they kill us. On average, only a handful of people die from shark attacks each year. But one 2013 study estimated that humans kill somewhere between 63 million and 273 million sharks every year.

Sharks play an important role as predators in marine ecosystems. But they are often killed for their fins, which are used in a Chinese delicacy known as shark fin soup. Fins are usually more valuable than —> Read More