Dan Rather Reports, "Shark Fin" Clip 1

Shark finning is the term used when fishermen pull live sharks from the water, slice off their fins and then dump them back into the water while still alive. Without their fins the sharks die a slow and agonizing death, usually of suffocation. And, the practice is on the rise - feeding the growing appetite for shark fin soup. Our investigation follows the practice of shark finning from the fishermen who are pushing these animals to the brink of extinction - all in the name of a cultural delicacy - to the legislative efforts attempting to ban this practice in the U.S. and around the world. Dan Rather Reports airs Tuesdays at 8pm ET on HDNet.

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Host Dan Rather presents hard-edged field reports, in-depth interviews and investigative pieces that emphasize accuracy, fairness and guts in their reporting. The program covers topics including, but not limited to, politics, the environment, the global economy, and international affairs and conflicts. Our format is dictated by the needs of individual stories and each show typically consists of multiple stories, but some shows are devoted to a single, hour-long report. Dan Rather Reports airs Tuesdays at 8pm ET on AXS TV.