Petition – European Shark Week 2011

Dear Minister:

The EU has unfinished business for sharks. I urge you to ensure fulfilment of the commitments of the EU Shark Action Plan, especially strengthening the ban on shark finning – the wasteful practice of slicing off a shark’s fins and discarding the body at sea.

More than two years after EU minsters endorsed the Action Plan, targeted shark fisheries continue without limits, many endangered species remain unprotected, and the EU finning ban still has huge loopholes that make it possible to fin sharks without dection or punishment. In particular, at-sea removal of shark fins hinders enforcement and must be ended, without exception.

To safeguard these vulnerable animals, we need:
• A complete ban on removing shark fins at sea
• Shark and ray catch limits based on scientific advice and the precautionary approach
• EU and national protections for endangered shark and ray species.

Sharks play essential roles as top predators. EU policies affect sharks all over the world.
Your leadership is needed to protect sharks from overexploitation and finning.
Thank you,

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