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China to Ban Shark Fin Soup from Official Events

Posted July 3rd, 2012 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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China plans to ban shark fin soup from being served at government banquets in an attempt to protect endangered shark populations and reduce spending on lavish state functions. The Communist Party-controlled Global Times said Tuesday it would take about three years to remove shark fins from the menus of official banquets and other government events. […]

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Australia Hunts Killer Shark

Posted October 23rd, 2011 at 6:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Australian authorities on Sunday continued hunting for a killer shark that mauled to death an American recreational diver off Australia’s southwest coast a day earlier. Two friends of 32-year-old George Wainwright, from Texas, said he was savaged by a three-meter-long great white shark during a solo dive just off Perth’s Rottnest Island. They said they […]

Australia Hunts Killer Shark

Posted October 23rd, 2011 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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Shark hunters set hooks off Australia’s southwest coast Sunday, hoping to catch a great white shark that killed an American recreational diver. Thirty-two-year-old George Wainwright, from Texas, was savaged by a meter-long shark during a dive Saturday off Perth’s Rottnest Island. Fisheries officials immediately issued a kill order for the shark and ordered all beaches […]

Shark Kills American Diver Off Australia

Posted October 22nd, 2011 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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A great white shark killed an American diver off Western Australia Saturday. Police say the man was underwater off Rottnest Island, a popular tourist spot about 20 kilometers from the Western Australia state capital of Perth, when his body surfaced with obvious fatal injuries. The man was not identified. Sharks are common in the waters […]

California Shark Fin Ban Awaits Governor’s Signature

Posted September 8th, 2011 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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Shark fin soup will be off the menu in California if Governor Jerry Brown signs a new bill banning the sale, trade or possession of shark fins in America’s most populous state. Asian-American legislators in the state, which has the nation’s largest Chinese-American population, were divided on the bill, which was approved this week with […]

Shark Kills Surfer in Australia

Posted September 4th, 2011 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A young surfer in Australia died Sunday after a shark attack at a popular surfing spot. Police say the man, in his early 20’s, was bodyboarding with a group of friends off a crowded beach near Bunker Bay in Western Australia when the shark attacked. The victim died at the scene, and his friends pulled […]

British Honeymooner Killed by Shark in the Seychelles

Posted August 17th, 2011 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Officials in the Seychelles banned swimming in some areas Wednesday after a British man on his honeymoon was mauled to death by a shark. Thirty-year-old Ian Redmond was the second tourist to die this month from a shark attack in the Indian Ocean archipelago. Media reports say the victim’s wife watched helplessly from the beach […]

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Shark Guardians Cite Momentum in Push to Save Species

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A leading environmental group is calling for more marine sanctuaries to protect the global shark population, which is in sharp decline because over-fishing and a ravenous human appetite for shark fin soup. Global Shark Conservation, in a report released Monday, called for sanctuaries in the Bahamas, and heaped praise on the Pacific island nation of […]


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