Over 70 million sharks are killed each year. "Extinction Soup" documentary could change that statistic.

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As an apex predator, the importance of sharks to healthy ocean ecosystems can't be understated. Yet humans are doing a phenomenal job of killing them off. Much of the slaughter is for their fins for soup -- despite the fact that the fins have no nutritional value, no flavor, and a concentrated level of toxins common to apex predators in our polluted planet. Extinction Soup explores the problem and will bring a spotlight to it, if it gets to the big screen. With films like The Cove and Blackfish showing just how powerful documentaries can be for helping conservation activism, it could make a big difference. The team is looking for help on funding to finish the editing process and bring the documentary to theaters.

"Extinction Soup" follows documentary filmmaker Philip Waller on his quest for adventure as he sets out to tell the story of his larger-than-life friend and extreme sports legend, Jimmy Hall. The film quickly takes a surprise turn when Waller finds himself consumed with exposing to the world an environmental catastrophe in the making - the extinction of the oceans' shark population through the mass slaughter of these magnificent animals for their fins. Waller documents the efforts of conservationist Stefanie Brendl as she fights to educate lawmakers and help pass ground-breaking legislation that will curb the consumption of shark fin soup, considered a delicacy in many Eastern cultures, and the impetus behind 70 million sharks being killed per year.

The team is a little over half way to their fundraising goal, and have just 16 days left to raise the necessary funds. If you'd like to see this documentary get to the theaters, check out the project and see what you might be able to do to help.

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