Why Shark Finning Bans Aren't Keeping Sharks Off The Plate (Yet)

March 4, 2015 1:24 AM

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Why Shark Finning Bans Aren't Keeping Sharks Off The Plate (Yet)

Shark fins dry in the sun covering the roof of a factory building in Hong Kong on Jan. 2, 2013. Hong Kong is one of the world's biggest markets for shark fins, but imports there have dropped by 29 percent since 2011, according to a new study.

For decades, sharks have gotten a raw deal on the high seas, where fishermen have butchered them alive by the hundreds of millions and thrown their carcasses overboard, keeping only the prized fins to sell to Asian markets. This gruesome practice — called finning — has come under fire from conservat...

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