|A shark whose fins were cut off while it was still alive.|
While still alive and bleeding profusely, this shark will then be thrown overboard to die via drowning (it can't swim without fins) or blood loss, whichever comes first.
Due to this centuries-old horrific practice, many species are on a straight path toward extinction, including but not limited to the Great White (Pointer), Porbeagle, and Oceanic Whitetip. a deep water/pelagic shark known for its huge fins, a favorite of Shark poachers.
From the Examiner:
Since 1986, hammerheads have declined by 89 percent.
What species can honestly survive that amount of sudden loss?
Recent bans on Shark Fin imports (USA) -> http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/california-adopts-shark-fin-ban/2011/09/06/gIQACgsD9J_story.html
Sources -> http://www.examiner.com/green-living-in-national/the-secrets-of-shark-fin-soup-even-worse-than-fins-hacked-from-live-sharks