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Prime Minister Turnbull, & Environment Minister Greg Hunt, Trade and Investment Minister Steven Ciobo, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston

We are pleading with you to legislate against the import and export of shark fin in and by Australia.
Most Australians will be horrified to learn that as a country built on compassion and environmental awareness, we have committed crimes against this species as reflected in the following:
2015 data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows Australia exported 3038 kilograms of shark fin products to Hong Kong. 350 kilograms was also exported to Singapore. Into Australia, 1501 kilograms of shark fins was imported from China, 700 from Hong Kong, 447 from Indonesia, and 690 from the Philippines.
While it is broadly known that the Asian diet has an appetite for shark fin, what is not known is the repulsive, violent and cruel means in which this fin is harvested.
From countries who do not regulate against Animal Cruelty or best practice, these animals are dragged from the seas on-board to be mutilated on the spot.
They have every fin sawn from their bodies while alive without remorse.
They are then thrown back into the ocean; where, unable to defend themselves, they drown or are eaten alive by other animals.
Aside from the cruelty, the latest science confirms that sharks are vital for the health of our ecosystems and our oceans. Including that of our Reef system, and as apex predators, they maintain these critical balances.
As an unregulated industry, sharks of every species are being captured singly or on long lines that are between 60 to 100 KM in length. A long with the shark fatality rate, every other species captured dies also.
We are experiencing a global decrease in the shark population as a result of habitat devastation and over fishing. This is compounded by their very low rates of reproduction.
The international Union for the Conservation of Nature estimates that nearly one third of pelagic shark species are already categorized as threatened species.
We urge you to please consider that Australia is a pioneer and a world leader on environmental issues and to take this position on shark fining.
We ask you to mandate against the importation and exportation of shark fining, and for the sale of shark fin products in Australia to be banned.

We look forward to your response.

Signed,

World Animal Welfare Organization

This petition closed almost 3 years ago

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By signing this petiton, you will help us to pressure the Australian Government to mandate against the shark fin industry. Further to this, you will give us the leverage we need to take the...

By signing this petiton, you will help us to pressure the Australian Government to mandate against the shark fin industry. Further to this, you will give us the leverage we need to take the campaign further to pressure other Governments in other parts of the world. Your Voice Counts.

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