22 Feb '12, 12am

New York eyes shark's fin trade ban

New York eyes shark's fin trade ban

A group of New York legislators on Tuesday unveiled a draft law banning trade in shark's fins, saying the practice, which serves the market for Chinese shark's fin soup, was decimating the ocean predators. -- PHOTO: AFP NEW YORK (AFP) - A group of New York legislators on Tuesday unveiled a draft law banning trade in shark's fins, saying the practice, which serves the market for Chinese shark's fin soup, was decimating the ocean predators. If enacted, New York would join California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington as US states outlawing the sale, possession and trade in the fins, which fishermen slice off, often before tossing the rest of the much less valuable shark back in the water. 'The decimation of the shark population is a serious concern as it has a detrimental trickle-down effect for the entire oceanic food chain,' New York state Senator Mark Grisanti said in a state...

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