Young Swede Saves Fins
11 Mar 2009
Six year old Marcus Marcus, was outraged when he heard about sharks having their fins cut off to make soup. Immediately, he decided to take action.
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Six year old Marcus Marcus, who lives in Sweden, was outraged when he heard about sharks having their fins cut off to make soup. Immediately, he decided to take action and start his very own “Save the Shark Campaign”. “Well, you must do something” he said. “That’s what it’s all about. You must do something!”
When Marcus commissioned his Dad, a web designer, to help with the project, he was only too happy to climb aboard. “My goal was to show my son that one person, even small people, can make a difference,” Fredrik Marcus told us.
Fredrik set about designing an easy-to-use and informative campaign website following his son’s instructions. Since its launch, it has been gathering an increasing amount of international support and is soon to be translated into a fourth language. The site contains a page where people can add their name to an already 20,000-strong list of protesters from 58 countries. Meanwhile, Marcus’s satellite Facebook group has also enrolled more than a thousand members.
“When my Mum was little, there were twice as many sharks as there are today,” explained Marcus. “Of the biggest ones — like the Hammerhead shark, the Tiger shark and the Blue shark — 95 per cent have already disappeared and soon, the Hammerhead will be put on the list of endangered species too!”
The day before the official opening of the Beijing Olympic Games, Marcus delivered a hefty petition to the Chinese Embassy containing 10,010 signatures, asking for shark fin soup to be removed from all restaurant menus. “I hope they gave the Food Minister a call!” Marcus added, who plans to deliver another list of signatures next year. In fact, he has vowed to continue his petition until the shark fishing completely stops.
Although only six years old, this very determined young man has caught the attention of animal welfare organisations and shark scientists from right across the globe. Twice, he has been interviewed on Swedish television — gaining 1,000 supportive signatures within an hour of being broadcast. He has also spoken on Radio Stockholm, as well as appearing in all the country’s major newspapers, bar one. Marcus was also recently nominated as a ‘Swedish Hero’ and chosen by the Council of Stockholm to be their ‘Stockholmer of the Month’. “Eating shark fin soup is cruel,” says Marcus. “Eat broccoli soup instead!”
To add your name to the petition
Contact: Marcus Marcus, President
Marcus outside the Chinese Embassy Photo: © Fredrik Marcus
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