10 May '11, 8am

Malaysian state plans to make shark finning illegal

Shark finning is a lucrative industry as many countries enjoy it as a delicacy but has recently caught the attention of the world and now the Sabah state government is concerned that the barbaric slaughter of sharks for their fins is damaging their tourism industry . A Malaysian newspaper, The Star , reported this week that Sabah is likely to be the first state to ban shark hunting for their fins in a bid to protect the marine creature. Ammendments will be required to the Sabah State Wildlife Protection Ordinance, but the state government is hoping they can have the ban introduced by the end of this year. Shark populations in Sabah are reaching critical levels with only 20 per cent of the population believed to be still alive. ''From my last briefing, there are only four areas in Sabah where sharks can be spotted' said the State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, D...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/conservation/malaysian-state-pl...

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