15 Dec '11, 3am

Misconceptions about #sharks. Really ? The author must be joking

They are not endangered; blame Western nations, not Asian tastebuds THE World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Singapore's claim that more than 180 species of sharks were listed on the endangered list last year has no merit ('Removing shark's fin from the menu'; last Friday). Last year's United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) meeting in Doha declared that sharks are not an endangered species. Members of the convention, who represent 175 governments, define an endangered species as one which is threatened with extinction and ban international commercial trade in such species. The convention did not list any shark species as endangered. Instead, the convention only sought trade regulation for three (basking shark, great white, and whale shark) out of about 400 species of sharks. The three are not necessarily threatened with extinction. Under...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Story/STIStory_745032...

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