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Singapore is world’s second largest shark-fin trader
Singapore has emerged as the world’s second largest trader of shark fins by value after Hong Kong, according to a new report by the wildlife trade monitoring group TRAFFIC.
Shark fins, used in traditional medicine and also considered a delicacy in Asia, are one of the most expensive seafood products. Fishermen typically cut off sharks’ fins while the animals are still alive and then thrown them back to the ocean. Unable to swim without their fins, the sharks drown or are eaten by other predators. Scientists estimate that about 100 million sharks are killed every year, mostly for their fins.
TRAFFIC analyzed Singapore’s shark trading data from 2005 to 2007, and also 2012 to 2014, and found that Singapore imported 14,114 metric tons and exported 12,402 metric tons of shark fins over these six years.
According to trade records in 2012-2013, Singapore’s shark fin exports were worth $40 million, closely following Hong Kong’s $45 million. More than 72 percent of Singapore’s shark fin exports went to Hong Kong, mainland China and Japan during this time period.
The recorded value of Singapore’s import trade in 2012-2013 was $51.4 million, while Hong Kong’s was $170 million. Spain, Namibia and Uruguay were the top three sources of shark fins during this period, accounting for more than 66 percent of Singapore’s imports.
Read in full on Mongabay.com at news.mongabay.com/2017/05/singapore-is-worlds-second-largest-shark-fin-trader-traffic/
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Image: Dried shark fins for sale in Singapore, by Choo Yut Shing ... See MoreSee Less
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Cayman Islands: Turtle tourist centre also raises endangered turtles for meat
At the Cayman Turtle Centre tourists can kiss, hug, and pass around young sea turtles. They can even take a swim with bigger ones if they want. It’s billed as a rare opportunity to come into contact with endangered green sea turtles, a migratory species whose numbers are on the decline because of egg poaching, habitat degradation, and entanglement with fishing nets.
What many visitors don’t realize is that it’s also a sea turtle farm, where the rare turtles are bred in captivity to be killed for their meat, a traditional dish in the Caymans.
But the meat business is only part of the reason this government-owned facility is facing criticism from animal protection organizations. It’s also the way the animals are treated, says Neil D’Cruze, a researcher with the London-based nonprofit World Animal Protection, which wants to end sea turtle farming.
Read in full at news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/05/wildlife-watch-cayman-turtle-farm-welfare-controversy/
#CaymanIslands #turtles #oceans World Animal Protection UK
Image: Endangered green sea turtles at the Cayman Turtle Centre (c) Neil D'Cruze ... See MoreSee Less
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