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October 2, 2012

Recent Victories for Sharks: HSI Wildlife News Bulletin

Animal stuff you want to know, in 200 words or less

Humane Society International

  • The global movement to save sharks from finning is growing. Chris Dascher

Here's some really good news for sharks!

  • HSI and our Australian affiliate, HSI/Australia, have been formally recognized as partners in the United Nations’ first international agreement on shark conservation, allowing us a key role in promoting shark protection and working on behalf of the new plan. We were active participants in drafting a list of steps that the European Union and individual countries can take to protect sharks – beginning with banning international trade in shark products, such as fins.
  • HSI/Canada congratulates the Union of British Columbia Municipalities for passing a historic resolution calling for the provincial government to ban the sale, trade and distribution of shark fins, and for the federal government to advance bill C-380 to ban the import of shark fins into Canada. This follows local bans in cities throughout BC, including a landmark move toward a regional ban in the province. If you live in Canada, you can help by writing by writing your MP.
  • Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways announced that it would halt shipments of shark fin and shark fin products. As an air cargo and shipping company in the hub for the global shark fin trade, the decision should encourage others in the industry to follow suit.

Want to learn more about the movement to save sharks? Check out our timeline of advances and disappointments in international shark conservation from 2005-2012.