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Parliament report closes ‘shark finning’ loopholes

On 27/11/2012, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup
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On 22 November the European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favour  of the Commission’s proposal to close the loopholes in the EU ban on shark finning. Although the cruel and unsustainable practice of removing shark fins was banned in the European Union in 2003, loopholes exist that drastically undermine its effectiveness by allowing special permits to fin sharks on board vessels.

The Parliament voted in favour of amending the current legislation to ensure that all sharks caught by EU vessels anywhere in the world are landed with their fins still naturally attached. The Council, which adopted a general approach in favour of the Commission’s proposal in March, must still formally approve the legislative proposal as amended by the Parliament.

Photocourtesy: Humane Society International

 

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