01 Aug '11, 4am

Progress in shark conservation, but

I refer to the commentary "Moral progress measured by animal welfare" (July 18). On top of the progress cited for land animals, shark conservation has also taken a turn for the better this year, a result of the growing recognition of the importance of apex predators. In the first quarter, California - one of the largest consumers of fins outside Asia - pushed for a ban on shark's fins. The regulation is pending approval. Earlier this month, Fiji announced intentions to review and amend its fishing management laws to ban the trade of all shark products. Meanwhile, the Bahamas banned shark fishing and Chile placed a ban on shark finning, the inhumane practice of throwing the lower-value shark carcasses back into the water once they are de-finned, in order to save space on board vessels for more valuable fins. Taiwan also announced plans for regulations early next year that w...

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