Watch: Horrifying video of a giant whale shark being slaughtered alive

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Appalling footage of the world's biggest fish, which is a protected species, being butchered at market sparks outrage with shark conservation campaigners

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The footage shows the huge creature being butchered by two men in front of a large crowd including young children at a market in Guangdong, China.

The gruesome process was caught on camera and uploaded to YouTube.

It is a fate too cruel to imagine - to be slowly sawed into pieces while still alive.


They begin by severing its beautiful tail fin. Blood and water begin to gush from the shark and it can be seen struggling to breathe.

The distressed animal's gargantuan mouth then opens widely as people point and comment on the fact that it's still alive.

Approximately 20 people, including young children, are watching the butchery - and some gasp in horror saying: 'This is too cruel.'

Ali Hood, Director of Conservation for the Shark Trust charity said: “The footage of a whale shark being butchered whilst apparently still alive has appalled Shark Trust supporters.

"To see such a magnificent, placid animal treated with such little dignity demonstrates to the Shark Trust how vital it is to continue to raise awareness as to the importance of sharks and their relatives to a healthy, balanced marine environment."

Last year an investigation revealed how a factory in southeastern China was cutting up about 600 of the fish every year.

The whale shark is the largest fish on the planet, and on average reach about 12 meters - 39 feet - in length.

A single carcass is worth around $30,000 (£19,000), with the meat being sold for food and the fins sold to restaurants for shark fin soup.

The skin is sold to manufacturers for bags and the oil is sold to companies that make fish oil supplements.

Source: Unilad

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