Australian Senate condemns killing sharks for fins

Date: 1/8/2001

The Senate condemned the practice of taking fins from live sharks but failed to permanently ban the practice in tuna fisheries. Australian Democrats fisheries spokesman Brian Greig, who moved the motion, said fins used to be taken only from the carcasses of sharks caught for their meat, but sharks were now caught for their fins only. He said fins are sliced off live sharks which are then returned to the ocean, where they drown. Shark finning is still permitted in some fisheries in the Northern Territory, Tasmania, Queensland and South Australia. An interim ban on finning in some Commonwealth fisheries was introduced last year.

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