• Petitioned John Key

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New Zealand Prime Minister
John Key
New Zealand Primary Industries Minister
Nathan Guy
New Zealand Conservation Minister
Nick Smith
New Zealand Primary Industries Associate Minister
Jo Goodhew

Prime Minister John Key and the New Zealand Government : Stop shark finning in New Zealand waters and ban the trade of all shark fin products.

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      Our Seas Our Future

Realm of the Shark

Sharks inhabit almost every marine ecosystem on Earth. Modern fisheries continue to exploit a wide variety of sharks, from small dogfish to large whale sharks, from coastal to pelagic, and from tropical to temperate seas. There is now strong evidence that many shark fisheries are over-exploiting their resources. Because of their small litter size and slow rate of reproduction, sharks are particularly vulnerable to overfishing.

The sharks are losing disastrously, and we are jeopardizing world populations of top predators that are essential to the health of marine communities.

Shark fin Products

A costly delicacy - While most sharks caught in the New Zealand fisheries are taken for their meat, some are taken for their fins alone, which command high prices for shark fin soup. But the cost to the shark is its life.

All of the four main fins on a shark - pectoral, dorsal, anal and tail - are used for soup making. The fins are cut from the shark, trimmed to remove any flesh, and dried. Much of the dried product is exported to overseas markets and contributes to the ongoing worldwide demand.

New Zealand and Shark finning

Finning live sharks is illegal in New Zealand under the Animal Welfare Act, however it is legal to fin a dead shark. This finning usually takes place out at sea where the less valuable carcass can be discarded. It has been reported that illegal finning of live sharks is occuring in New Zealand waters (see the video above).

Show your support by signing this petition to: Stop shark finning in New Zealand waters and ban the trade of all shark fin products. 

How can society tolerate such greed and waste?


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    Reasons for signing

    • Gabrielle de Groen WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
      • 2 months ago

      If New Zealand keeps finning sharks at the rate we are now there is going to be no sharks left by 2016, they are a vital creature in our seas as they help maintain the balance. I am doing a University project about banning shark finning, i have learnt so much about this and i we need to spread the word to the rest of New Zealand!!

    • clyde albuquerque AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
      • 3 months ago

      I love the environment in its natural state and want to preserve it

    • dirk van der meijden EMMEN, NETHERLANDS
      • 3 months ago

      It is just not right to take pieces of live animals.

    • marie waters WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
      • 3 months ago

      cruelty to any animal or mammal is unacceptable to human beings worldwide

      • 3 months ago

      Why not?


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