Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
BRUSSELS

Italians join Shark Alliance's appeal to ban 'finning'

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Brussels, November 20 - A group of 70 high-profile
Italian actors, writers, musicians and journalists have added
their voice to an appeal by the association Shark Alliance
encouraging members of the European Parliament to protect sharks
from a practice known as 'finning' when the issue is up for vote
November 22.
Animal advocacy group Human Society International says
that the practice is not only "cruel and inhumane," but that it
is "wasteful and unsustainable".
To collect valuable shark fins used for soup, fishermen
cut the fins off the animal that is usually alive and throw it
back into the sea to drown.
By discarding the body and keeping just the fins, boats
can save space and increase their profits.
If adopted, the proposed legislation would prohibit the
removal of shark fins onboard vessels and limit the number
fished.
Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Oman,
Panama, South Africa, Taiwan, Britain and the United States all
now require that sharks are landed with their fins attached.
Environmentalists say that the practice threatens shark
populations through over-exploitation and jeopardises the
balance of marine ecosystems.
Over 100 million sharks are killed for their fins yearly
in Europe and across the globe, endangering the creature at the
top of the marine food chain.

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