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Sun May 26, 2013, 04:15 AM

Gulf of Mexico's sharks may get law on their side

Gulf of Mexico's sharks may get law on their side
Published: May 25, 2013

By MATTHEW TRESAUGUE Houston Chronicle


The Gulf of Mexico, at least off the Texas coast, soon could become safer for sharks.

Texas lawmakers are considering a ban on the sale and possession of shark fins, a move that reflects a growing trend to protect the imperiled creatures at the top of the ocean food chain.

Conservationists say the global trade for the age-old delicacy has helped drive rampant illegal shark finning. The practice involves slicing off valued fins from living sharks and dumping their still-writhing bodies back into the ocean to die.

They estimate that tens of millions of sharks are killed each year to support the shark fin market. By also banning the trade, "we are reducing the number of sharks killed specifically for their fins," said Katie Jarl, Texas state director for the Humane Society of the United States, which is lobbying for the ban in Texas and elsewhere.

Eight states already have outlawed the trade, but Texas would be the first along the Gulf Coast to prohibit it. The Senate could sign off on House Bill 852 by Rep. Eddie Lucio III, a Brownsville Democrat, as soon as Monday.

More: http://www.sunherald.com/2013/05/25/4690504/gulf-of-mexicos-sharks-may-get.html#storylink=cpy

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Sun May 26, 2013, 04:21 AM

1. to hell w/ fin eaters.

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Sun May 26, 2013, 06:12 AM

2. I think there's a need to reeducate orientals.

People in the orient have a tendency to eat very exotic food and will pay a lot to get it, even if its not sensible to kill a creature and toss away most of the body. The Japanese hunt whales and the newly emerging Chinese capitalist class is copying this trend demanding all sorts of sea creatures and exotic meats to satisfy a really dumb hedonist and consumerist mind set.

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