EU Agrees To Tighten Its Ban On Shark Finning

argylesock says… I’m ashamed to learn here that the EU has been supplying the disgusting trade in shark fins. This news of a tightened ban is a step in the right direction, but it’s not enough. Stop slicing sharks anywhere in the world!

Ann Novek( Luure)--With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union agreed on Thursday to tighten an existing ban on “shark finning”, or slicing fins off sharks often while they are still alive, which environmental campaigners say is cruel and threatens the survival of some species.

Once the change comes into effect, the ban will forbid shark finning by all vessels in EU waters and by all EU-registered vessels anywhere in the world, a move its supporters believe will put pressure on countries where the practice is common.

Workers lay out pieces of shark fin to dry on a rooftop of a factory building in Hong Kong January 2, 2013. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Workers lay out pieces of shark fin to dry on a rooftop of a factory building in Hong Kong January 2, 2013. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

“Shark finning is one of the main threats to the shark population,” said Sandrine Polti, policy adviser to the…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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