September 2013

India bans shark finning!

2013-Sep-18   ::   (0 comments)

Shark finning
Finned alive

India has banned hunting sharks for only their fins in a move to protect endangered species from indiscriminate hunting for parts wanted abroad. The practice of shark 'finning', or slicing off a shark's fins and throwing it back to die slowly on the ocean floor from starvation or inability to move, has exploded worldwide due to demand from China, where shark fin soup is considered a delicacy.

India lists several of the dozens of shark species in its waters as endangered, including hammerheads, broadfins and whale sharks.
Under the Environment Ministry's new policy, announced Monday, fishermen now found with hauls including detached fins risk up to seven years in prison for hunting an endangered species since identifying species by fins alone is difficult.

India is the world's second-largest shark-catching nation behind Indonesia, with the two countries accounting for 20 per cent of yearly shark catches, according to a report by the international wildlife trade monitoring agency TRAFFIC.

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Plastic Pollution Coalition

2013-Sep-3   ::   (0 comments)

Disposable plastics are the greatest source of plastic pollution. Plastic bags, straws, bottles, utensils, lids, cups and so many others offer a small convenience but remain forever. REFUSE disposable plastics! Follow the “4 Rs” of sustainable living: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Plastic Pollution Coalition is a global alliance of individuals, organizations and businesses working together to stop plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals and the environment.

With its work, Plastic Pollution seeks to put plastic pollution at the forefront of global social, environmental and political discourse.

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