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 Stop Shark Finning and the West Australian Shark Fin Trade to Asia
  • Petitioned The Honorurable Colin Barnett MLA,

This petition was delivered to:

Premiere of West Australia
The Honorurable Colin Barnett MLA,
WA Fisheries Minister
Norman Moore

Stop Shark Finning and the West Australian Shark Fin Trade to Asia

    1. Petition by

      Sea Stewards

The Western Australian Government has been undertaking trade missions to China to promote the export of shark fins.
Every year an average of 38 million sharks are killed to fuel the shark fin trade. This has led to a global crisis in shark conservation, with many shark species in decline due to the value of their fins. One third of open ocean sharks now face risk of extinction. The practice of finning, cutting the fins off a shark and throwing the animal back into the ocean to die, is inherently cruel as well as being ecologically destructive. Sharks act as apex predators in their environment, maintaining the balance of all life beneath them. This trade encourages shark finning and allows for illegal shark finning leading to further decline of shark species.

The Asutraliana and iternational community urge you to protect sharks and not allow for increased exploitation at a long term ecological and economic loss to Australian Fishermen, divers and people who rely on the health fo the ocean.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Damas Yves BELGIUM
      • 12 months ago

      car il est important de préserver la nature

    • fabienne verstraeten LIèGE, BELGIUM
      • 12 months ago

      lamentable il devrais etre punis de la meme maniere

    • Marc Gooris TIELT-WINGE, BELGIUM
      • 12 months ago

      respect de la biodiversité et du cycle naturel de la vie.

    • Eileen Stelter GERMANY
      • about 1 year ago

      This is important to me because finning is an unbelievable cruelty that must be stopped! Imagine someone cut off YOUR arms and legs and threw you back into water just to experience a painful death.

    • Juliana Driscoll ALEXANDRIA, VA
      • about 1 year ago

      I am a college student in Northern VA. I grew up vacationing at the ocean and I developed a strong connection and admiration for all invertebrates and vertebrates living in the ocean. My favorite place to be is on the beach or in an aquarium. I will be devastated if these powerful majestic creatures become extinct from our world. I am considering going into the field of Conservation specifically in Coral Reef ecosystems, Shark Species, and endangered marine predators.

      I'm in the beginning stages of writing a paper for my Zoology class on the conservation of Great White Sharks. I am very passionate advocate and I support Shark Week to the fullest every year.


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