New bill seeks to end Hong Kong’s days as an illegal wildlife trade hub

New bill seeks to end Hong Kong’s days as an illegal wildlife trade hub

In 2019, Hong Kong customs authorities inspected a cargo ship bound for Vietnam. Hidden beneath slabs of frozen meat were 8.3 metric tons of illegal scales from about 13,800 pangolins, and more than 2.1 metric tons of tusks from about 200 elephants, with a combined value of about $8 million. This was one of the […]

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Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act Reintroduced in Congress

Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act Reintroduced in Congress

Good news! On April 22, 2021, Representatives Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (D- MP) and Michael McCaul (R-TX) reintroduced the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act. A previous version of this bill passed the House of Representatives in November of 2019 with a 310-107 majority. Unfortunately, the companion bill, introduced by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Shelly […]

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Sharks on a knife’s edge as Maldives mulls lifting 10-year fishing ban

Sharks on a knife’s edge as Maldives mulls lifting 10-year fishing ban

It’s not easy to find sharks these days. Just ask Demian Chapman, a marine scientist who leads Global FinPrint, a project that assesses shark populations on reefs worldwide. But he says there is a spot where they’re often found: the Maldives, a tiny nation of islands speckled in the Indian Ocean. “The Maldives is a […]

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The Terrifying Truth: Our Future is Tied to the Future of Sharks

The Terrifying Truth: Our Future is Tied to the Future of Sharks

Mention the word “shark” to most people, and they will most likely think of a cruel, bloodthirsty monster along the lines of those portrayed in “Jaws” or the “Sharknado” series. When the word “shark” is used to describe a human, it carries negative connotations of deceitfulness and cunning. We seem to have developed an idea […]

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Recent research shows: More rare, endangered sharks are dying in the worldwide trade in shark fins than earlier feared.

Recent research shows: More rare, endangered sharks are dying in the worldwide trade in shark fins than earlier feared.

The finning of sharks is not for the faint of heart. After hauling them aboard their vessels, the fishers cut off their fins, then toss them back into the ocean. Still alive, they sink to the bottom where they’re either eaten by other predators or die of suffocation. About 100 million sharks are believed to be […]

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Petition: Reintroduce Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act

Petition: Reintroduce Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act

Most people, even animal lovers, are pretty scared of sharks. Most depictions and coverage of sharks suggests that they are violent, dangerous creatures. However, sharks actually have reason to be way more afraid of humans. A significantly greater number of sharks are killed by humans every year than humans killed by sharks (I’m talking hundreds […]

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Efforts to tackle shark fin trade need to focus closer to shore, study says

Efforts to tackle shark fin trade need to focus closer to shore, study says

A hunger for shark fin soup — a brothy, gelatinous dish that’s considered a delicacy in East Asia — is responsible for the deaths of about 73 million sharks each year. It was previously believed that many of these sharks were being caught in international waters, beyond the authority of any individual country, but a […]

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Decoy turtle eggs put in nests to track illegal trade in Costa Rica

Decoy turtle eggs put in nests to track illegal trade in Costa Rica

Decoy eggs made by a 3D-printer and fitted with satellite tags have been placed in sea turtle nests on beaches in Costa Rica to track the illegal trade of their eggs. A quarter of the fake eggs put among 101 turtle nests on four beaches in Costa Rica were stolen, with some eggs successfully tracked […]

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