"Dozens of countries voted this week to regulate a global trade that has killed
millions of sharks and threatened numerous species in recent decades — all over
a bowl of soup.
Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild
Fauna and Flora (CITES) voted to limit or regulate nearly all species being
traded for the main ingredient in shark fin soup. The proposal was led by
Panama, the host country of the 19th Conference of the Parties to CITES, also
known as the World Wildlife Conference, which runs through Nov. 25.
The decision is a “landmark in not only the number of species it covers, but in
the amount of the trade that is going to be regulated,” said Sue Lieberman,
vice president of international policy for the Wildlife Conservation Society.
“If you’re going to ask, ‘How can it be that we are losing the world’s sharks?’
The answer is, yes, it’s because of a bowl of soup.”
Lieberman added that China is the largest consumer of shark fins, while Hong
Kong is the largest port for the trade.
Before the vote, CITES regulations applied to about 20 to 25 percent of shark
species that are frequently fished for their fins. Now, about 90 to 95 percent
of those species will be covered, Lieberman said."
Via Future Crunch
issue 192: https://futurecrunch.com/
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