September 28, 2012
HSI Partners in United Nations’ First Global Shark Conservation Agreement
BRUSSELS—Humane Society International and its Australian affiliate, Humane Society International/Australia, have been formally recognized as partners in the United Nations’ first international agreement on shark conservation, allowing the global animal welfare organization a key role in promoting shark protection and working on behalf of the new plan.
“As a cooperating organization to the agreement, Humane Society International can further expand its ongoing efforts to promote domestic, regional and international measures for the protection and conservation of migratory sharks,” said Rebecca Regnery, deputy director, wildlife. “Over the next six months, we ask all signatories to the agreement to pressure the European Parliament to endorse the European Commission’s proposal for EU vessels to land all sharks with fins naturally attached without exception. We also ask for support of the European Union’s proposal to list the porbeagle shark on CITES Appendix II to regulate international trade in this vulnerable species.”
HSI and HSI/Australia were designated as partners at the meeting of the U.N.’s first agreement on shark conservation, referred to as the Convention on Migratory Species Memorandum of Understanding. The two groups were active participants in drafting a list of steps that the EU and individual countries can take to protect sharks – beginning with banning international trade in shark products, such as fins.
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