Shark Finning Banned By EU
Source: The Inquisitr
July 13, 2013
Shark finning is banned completely in the European Union as of last Saturday. Oceana, an advocacy group working to protect the world's oceans, announced last week that the EU had finally closed a loophole around shark finning that had stood since 2003 - a decade after the EU first placed a ban on the practice.
As The Inquisitr has previously reported, a study released in March by American and Canadian scientists showed that as many as 100 million sharks a year are being killed in the world's oceans - a rate of slaughter that could lead to the extinction of multiple shark species.
At that time, Canada's Dalhousie University, which participated in the research, said that commercial shark fishing - including the gruesome practice of shark finning - was responsible for the majority of the slaughter. Finning is the practice of cutting off the shark's fins to sell for soup and then throwing the shark back in the ocean to die a slow death from blood loss.
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