01 Mar '11, 1am

"Contrary to popular belief, shark's fin was never a part of Chinese tradition..." @greendrinkssg @ACRES_SG

SEAFOOD trader Sineurope's managing director Melvin Foo is wrong when he asserts that shark's fin sold here must be landed along with the body of the shark, to prevent a practice known as live shark finning, where fishermen slice the fin off the fish and dump it back into the water ('That predatory hunger for shark's fin'; Feb 5). The dried fins we have in Singapore are imported from a number of places, including Hong Kong, Indonesia and Taiwan, where live finning is still very much a practice. Finning is also happening in neighbouring Malaysia and Thailand, and in India. Although the International Union for Conservation of Nature listed 17 per cent of the world's 1,044 shark species as being threatened with extinction, only three shark species are listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) for trade protection....

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Story/STIStory_639922...

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