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Endangered sharks to be protected under international law

General March 11, 2013

A woman takes a photograph of a dried shark fin on display at a restaurant in BangkokBANGKOK (Reuters) – An international conference voted on Monday to ban trade in some shark species whose populations have fallen to crisis levels due in part to demand from China, the world's biggest consumer of shark fins for use in soup. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) agreed to ban international trade in the oceanic whitetip, the porbeagle and three types of hammerhead sharks unless shipments are accompanied by documentation showing they were caught legally. …

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