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Costa Rica Officially Bans Shark Finning

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, wildlife, ban, sharks, finning )

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Costa Rica has passed a blanket ban on shark finning. This is the process whereby the fins are sliced off sharks, often while they are alive, before the fish are thrown back into the ocean to die.

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Constance F (418)
Friday October 12, 2012, 7:50 am
O wow ! Didn't you just post they had banned trophy hunting? ! Costa Rica is on an ethical roll ! Kudos Costa Rica !

Carol H (229)
Friday October 12, 2012, 8:58 am
good news, thank you Cher

Past Member (0)
Friday October 12, 2012, 9:30 am
noted, very good, thanks

Lisa N (206)
Friday October 12, 2012, 10:37 am
Ditto! Awesome news!!

Past Member (0)
Friday October 12, 2012, 11:02 am
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love

Melania P (122)
Friday October 12, 2012, 12:37 pm
Hope it is true!
Remember years ago when Paul Watson discovered thousands of fins in Costa Rica? That is why he cannot go to Costa Rica, I donīt believe this and I think they are a fraud, but I hope it is true!

Friday October 12, 2012, 1:07 pm
Will be fantastic if it is true.

Muriel Servaege (53)
Friday October 12, 2012, 2:53 pm
Wonderful news, if the law is enforced.

. (0)
Friday October 12, 2012, 2:54 pm
Ya know, I;m liking Costa Rica more and more. How they plan to implement this will be a story to follow.

Veronica C (22)
Friday October 12, 2012, 3:12 pm
Hope the trend continues.

Valentina R (12)
Friday October 12, 2012, 4:16 pm
Well done Costa Rica!

Nan R (0)
Friday October 12, 2012, 9:39 pm
Great news, hope it is enforced!

Ruth C (87)
Saturday October 13, 2012, 6:55 am
Lets give it some time and see if its true!

Rock H (254)
Saturday October 13, 2012, 7:46 am
That's great news Cher!

Dianne D (490)
Saturday October 13, 2012, 10:21 am
Good news. The picture is sickening.

pam w (139)
Saturday October 13, 2012, 11:38 am
Good for them!

Maria S (95)
Monday October 15, 2012, 6:27 am
Good news. Hope they keep it that way. Thanks Cher.

naomi c (55)
Monday October 15, 2012, 10:24 am
signed. encouraging! thank you.

Rock H (254)
Wednesday October 17, 2012, 3:21 am
he Sea Shepard organization is not buying this news:

"The first reason is that she will continue to allow shark fins from Nicaragua to be shipped to China through Costa Rican ports. This will of course allow for shark fins taken in Costa Rican waters to be smuggled through with the Nicaraguan shipments. The question needs to be asked as to why the shark fins are not being shipped directly from Nicaraguan ports? The answer is that Costa Ricans are heavily involved in this trade of fins from Nicaragua and the shark fin industry of both countries is linked.

The second reason is that 400,000 sharks were slaughtered in Costa Rican waters in 2011 and Costa Rica exported some 30 tons of shark fins. This means some very well connected people are making a great deal of money and that kind of money buys influence.

The third reason is that China has been investing a great deal of money in Costa Rica and China is the major market for shark fins. Chinese shark fin buyers have been very busy in Costa Rica over the last few years.

The fourth reason is that right now at this very moment poachers are prowling the waters off Cocos Island and the rangers do not have the resources to deal with them. The Coast Guard makes token arrests but very little enforcement is actually being done.

The fifth reason is that Costa Rica is continuing to demand the extradition of Captain Paul Watson for disrupting a shark fin operation in 2002. The shark fin mafia in Costa Rica wants Captain Watson eliminated and the Chinchilla government is bending over backward in their efforts to deliver Captain Watson to Costa Rica.

Melania P (122)
Wednesday October 17, 2012, 12:53 pm
Totally agree with Rock H.
Hard to believe as I said before, but hope it is true for the sake of the animals.

Barbara Erdman (63)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 2:21 pm
Noted and Thnx Cher :-0
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