Extra-terrestrials spotted downtown – Wellington West and Dundas West

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Hieram Weintraub’s “art with a conscience”, 988 Queen Street West

Hieram Weintraub, an artist and children’s book illustrator, has brought the Shark Fin Soup controversy to TORONTO’s WestQueenWest art village.  “LV Whale Shark”, in the front window of Studio Lighting, is accompanied by some startling info on the wholesale slaughter of the ocean’s #1 predator.  <www.hieram.blogspot.com>

– an estimated 100 million sharks are slaughtered annually

– Shark Fin Soup can sell for $400 a bowl

– shark fins have no flavour and no nutritional value

-“finning” is when fishermen hack off a shark’s fins and dump the still living animal back into the sea to drown

– removing the apex predator from the ocean’s ecological chain will have global consequences