Did you know that your version of Internet Explorer is out of date?
To get the best possible experience using our website we recommend downloading one of the browsers below.

Internet Explorer 10, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.

India Bans Shark Finning

Like us on Facebook:
The current article you are reading does not reflect the views of the current editors and contributors of the new Ecorazzi

There has been some great news for animals coming out of India lately. The country recently banned animal testing for cosmetics products, and banned shows featuring captive dolphins and orcas. India declared that the animals should be considered “non-human persons.”

Now comes good news for the dolphins’ fellow ocean-dwellers, sharks. India has banned shark finning! According to CBC News, the country’s ban comes as fishing of sharks has increased due to demand for their fins to be exported to China, mainly for the delicacy shark fin soup. While many of the sharks are caught for food, the fishing of sharks has increased to export fins. India’s Environment Ministry has declared that shark catches found with fins removed could now bring a sentence of up to tens years in prison.

Finning involves hauling sharks onboard ships, slicing off their fins, and often throwing them back into the water to slowly die. The practice has long been considered both cruel and unsustainable by experts, conservationists, and animal advocates.

The Ministry hopes that the ban will help to protect several endangered species of sharks including hammerhead and whale sharks. The wildlife trade monitoring network,TRAFFIC, reports that India is the second-largest catcher of sharks after Indonesia, adding that the two countries accounted for “over 20% of global catches between 2002 and 2011.”

Global bans of shark finning and shark fin trading continue to be implemented, but will they happen quickly enough to allow shark populations to recover from our continuing assaults? Slow to reach sexual maturity and producing few offspring, sharks are particularly vulnerable to extinction, but we continue to kill them by the millions and millions each year. As apex predators maintaining the balance of ocean ecosystems for hundreds of millions of years, we need them around.

Like us on Facebook:
0 Comments

Beyoncé and Jay-Z sell out veganism for ticket giveaway

Veganism deserves better than constantly being considered something to be bribed, dared or loosely entered into.

Month one of “the year of the vegan”

News outlets are abuzz with the promise of new vegan products, celebs, and services and how that is somehow a fresh affirmation that our world is one turn closer to being fully free from animal use.

What About: “No-Kill” Eggs?

The reason for these advancements is not a sense of justice – because that can only mean going vegan – but is primarily driven by economics.

Vegandale Brewery offers the ultimate vegan night out

This brewpub helps veganism shed its stay-home-and-eat-tofu stereotype.

Don’t blame vegans for the shame you feel about using animals

The shame Carly Lewis claims veganism casts over her is more likely the ghosts of moral uncertainty, spectres that are more likely fish than cows, wondering how morality can possibly be used as ammunition in favour of murder.