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Kesha Hopes to Educate People About Shark Finning

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Remember a few weeks ago when pop tart Kesha arrived in Rio with a plush shark strapped to her face?

At first, we thought it was Kesha being Kesha, covering her face from the paparazzi or just making a wild statement. Turns out, as Global Ambassador for the Human Society, Kesha’s shark stunt was an attempt to call attention to the brutal practice of shark finning.

“I hope to bring much more attention to important issues and change for issues and practices that are harming animals,” Kesha told MTV Act. “Shark finning is a very important issue to me that I hope to bring more attention to. I recently went diving with sharks in their natural habitat and was reintroduced to what beautiful and peaceful creatures they are. Sharks have a bad reputation for being aggressive, when in actuality, if left alone they are not as harmful as they may seem to some.”

Shark finning, in case you are not informed, is a cruel practice where humans hack off a shark’s fin and then toss the still live body back into the sea. There, the animal will either starve to death, be eaten by other fish or drown, since sharks need to remain in a constant state of motion or their gills cannot process the extra and necessary oxygen from the water. Why are sharks being robbed of their fins? They are harvested for shark fin soup, which is considered a delicacy in Asia.

Also, Kesha wants to help enact a ban on cosmetics being tested on animals. She said, “Working in this industry, I have been exposed to so many products and now realize more than ever how cruel and unnecessary animal testing is.” Kesha is taking her role as a Human Society ambassador seriously and we applaud the blue lipstick-lover for it!

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