NZ Government bans shark finning

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The New Zealand Government has fast-tracked a ban on shark finning.

The new law will come into effect from 1 October.

Originally the ban was going to be phased in from 1 October, with full implementation by October 2016.

However, Conservation Minister Nick Smith said the timetable had been brought forward after consultation with the fishing industry and the public.

It is already an offence under the Animal Welfare Act to remove the fin from a shark and return it to the sea alive.

The ban will also make it illegal to catch a shark, kill it, remove its fins and dump the carcass at sea.

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7 Responses

  1. shark fining should be band for good even if you shark fin miles-while take the rest of the body or you just let them die and also we don,t want sharks to become extinct like what Orang a-tans are going to be

  2. i think shark finning should be banned because millions of sharks die a slow death because of finning. Finning is the inhumane practice of hacking off the shark’s fins and throwing its still living body back into the sea. The sharks either starve to death, are eaten alive by other fish, or drown

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