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European Union Considers Banning Shark Finning

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Shark finning, the cruel process of removing the fins off sharks then throwing them back into the water, has recently been banned in places like California and Toronto.

Many celebs have back this decision, including, Leonardo DiCaprio, Edward Norton, January Jones and Richard Branson.

What's great is the European Union may be hopping on the ban bandwagon and ban shark finning themselves.

The ban would prohibit all boats in EU waters as well as any EU-registered boats from finning sharks.

A rep from the EU Fisheries office said:

"We want to end the horrendous practice of shark finning and protect sharks much better.

When these proposals come before MEPs, I have no doubt that a few countries will seek to water them down. However, we will push for a rigorous ban. We need a ban on finning that enables fishermen to catch sharks in a way that puts conservation and humane treatment before making a quick buck."

Hopefully they join the rest of us in saving sharks and putting a stop to this cruel practice.

[Image via AP Images.]

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Bo Derek Fighting To Ban Shark Fin Trade

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Actress Bo Derek has joined California lawmakers to fight for a bill that would ban selling, trading, or possessing shark fins, which are used in a soup that is a delicacy in many Asian cultures.

In order to get the fins, sharks are caught, then have their fins sliced off before they are thrown back into the ocean where they are left to die.

Bo calls shark-finning "a global environmental crisis" and says that "many stocks may be wiped out."

Thankfully, U.S. law restricts the shark fin trade, however, it has the largest market in California outside of Asia.

Quite startling for an illegal practice.

Keeping our fingers crossed that the bill is passed.

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