Monday, August 26, 2013

New norms for shark fin soup industry

Aug 24, 2013(7star news)

NEW DELHI: Exotic shark fin soup industry will have to observe certain dos and don\'ts under a new government policy. The Union environment ministry has prohibited \"the removal of shark fins on board a vessel in the sea\" so that law enforcers can monitor illegal hunting of banned species of sharks.

The policy prescribes that any possession of shark fins that are not naturally attached to the body of the shark would amount to \"hunting\" of a Schedule-I (protected category) species that attracts punishment under the Wild Life (Protection) Act.

\"The policy calls for concerted action and implementation by the concerned state governments through appropriate legislative, enforcement and other measures,\" said the ministry on Friday.
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