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Don't weaken shark-fin bans


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 25, 2013

~~<p>Hawaii was the first state to ban the hideous practice of ocean fishermen slicing off sharks' fins for use in a soup delicacy in Asian countries and throwing the still-alive bodies back to the sea. California, Washington and Oregon are among other states that have followed in banning the sale or distribution of shark fins &mdash; and these tough state laws should be aided, but not superceded, by proposed federal rules aimed at eliminating at-sea fin removal.</p>
<p>Sharks are in the news most often when a human is bitten, reminiscent of &quot;Jaws,&quot; as was the case last week when a Kailua-Kona swimmer luckily made it back to shore after being attacked. By a long shot, though, sharks are more often victims than attackers. Up to an estimated 70 million sharks are slaughtered for their fins every year.</p>
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Hawaii was the first state to ban the hideous practice of ocean fishermen slicing off sharks' fins for use in a soup delicacy in Asian countries and throwing the still-alive bodies back to the sea. California, Washington and Oregon are among other states that have followed in banning the sale or distribution of shark fins — and these tough state laws should be aided, but not superceded, by proposed federal rules aimed at eliminating at-sea fin removal.

Sharks are in the news most often when a human is bitten, reminiscent of "Jaws," as was the case last week when a Kailua-Kona swimmer luckily made it back to shore after being attacked. By a long shot, though, sharks are more often victims than attackers. Up to an estimated 70 million sharks are slaughtered for their fins every year. Login for more...



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