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Project Aware: Give sharks a fighting chance
Closed on Dec 25, 2012
Petition Background (Preamble):
Each year, tens of millions of sharks are killed by Earth’s most dangerous predators - humans. Too many of them fall victim to the cruel and wasteful practice of shark finning - the act of removing shark fins and discarding the often still alive shark overboard. As Eastern demand for fins remains strong, markets for shark meat are growing, helping to push shark species to the brink.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) analyses, all shark species proposed at the meeting met the criteria for listing under CITES Appendix II. Such listing requires that trade is controlled in order to avoid use that threatens the species’ survival. Despite the depletion ofsharks worldwide, restrictions on international trade are in place for only three shark species - whale shark, great white shark and basking shark.
Join thousands of AWARE divers and shark advocates who are serious about shark protection. Sign the petition and urge your friends and colleagues to do the same.
Together, we’re gaining the attention of policymakers worldwide. We’re closing loopholes in existing global shark management policies and insisting on full protections for Endangered and Critically Endangered sharks
I join with Project AWARE, divers and activists worldwide, calling on CITES Parties, between now and the next CITES Conference, to:
•Heed all available scientific advice for limiting shark catches;
•Fully protect shark species listed as Endangered or Critically Endangered by the IUCN;
•Set precautionary shark fishing limits [where no advice exists];
•Ensure all sharks are landed with their fins naturally attached;
•Work with other countries to prepare and promote shark listing proposals for the next CITES Conference;
•Improve shark trade data collection by taking national action to list all species proposed at CITES 2010 on Appendix III before the next CITES meeting in 2013. We call on governments around the world to heed scientific advice to provide better protection for all sharks and their ocean ecosystem.
You have to be 18 or older to sign this petition. Thank you. The signatures will be given to Project Aware.
The Project Aware: Give sharks a fighting chance petition to Everyone was written by Loïc van Doorn, Evelien Aussems and is in the category Animal Welfare at GoPetition. Contact author here. Petition tags: sharks, save, the, animal, abuse, fins, finning