EU tightens its 'shark finning' ban

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The European Union agreed to tighten an existing ban on 'shark finning' on Thursday. Shark finning is the process of cutting off the fins of a shark often while they are still alive and then discarding the body at sea. According to Reuters the proposed new law, which is expected to come into effect later this year, closes a loophole in the existing ban by which fishermen with special permits are still allowed to remove fins from shark carcasses at sea. Once the change comes into effect, fishermen can only slice partly through each fin and fold it against the carcass for storage purposes and they must land all sharks with their fins naturally attached. The change will forbid shark finning by all vessels in EU waters and by all EU-registered vessels anywhere in the world.

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