Ban the trade and/or sale of entire shark anatomy and goods containing shark byproduct
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Shark populations around the world are in rapid decline, with 90% of shark species already down just in the last 20 years. It is estimated that 100 million sharks are killed annually.
Since 1 October 2014, it's been illegal in New Zealand for a commercial fisher to remove the fins from any shark and discard the body at sea although shark finning is still common place in New Zealand, although under a different guise. The rules have been adjusted to discourage discarding the carcass overboard but fins are still able to be collected and sold on the international market.
New Zealand is currently ranked among the top 10 distributors of shark meat globally. With such a high demand for shark fins, meat, liver and other byproducts, this enables our fisheries to continue slaughtering millions of sharks annually at an unsustainable rate.
We need our government to take a stand and call for a total ban on shark fishing practices as well as the trade and sale of shark on the international market.
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