22 Nov '11, 3am

European Commission proposes ban on shark finning

BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Union's executive arm said on Monday that it wants to completely ban shark finning - the practice of removing sharks' fins and throwing the finless creatures back into the sea to die. Under the proposal approved by the European Commission, all boats in EU waters - and EU-registered boats anywhere in the world - would have to land sharks with their fins attached to prove that the rest of the shark had not been discarded. The law, should it go into effect, would primarily affect fishing vessels from Spain and Portugal. In theory, the EU already bans shark finning. But as it now stands, the fins and bodies can be separated on board vessels with special permits, and then landed at different ports. The EU tries to ensure that no bodies have been discarded by making sure the weight of the fins does not exceed 5 per cent of the entire weight of the fi...

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