[Coral-List] Coral-List Digest, sustainable shark cartilage

Jill Lau jill.lau17 at gmail.com
Tue May 10 12:20:37 EDT 2011

the Sharkwater film was very good. Highly recommended, after the
introduction, it gets very intense and what Rob goes through in the film
just to follow this unsustainable practice and trade is outrageous.
But I just want to point out that sustainable or legal shark finning allows
for illegal shark finning to hide under its guise. it happens as is -- great
white fins and sold as blue shark. Shivji and his lab were able to confirm
this through DNA analysis. i'm sure you know that its just an unnecessary
practice that fuels a demand that is unreasonable. shark fin soup is of the
past and people in Hong Kong are hoping to change that. There may be a
"sustainable" use...but what's the need? no proven health benefits. If
anything, the preservation of sharks for intrinsic reasons should be the

Jill (Jou Waih) Lau
MPP Candidate '12
Maryland School of Public Policy
B.S. Ecology and Evolution
University of Maryland, College Park

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jill.lau17 at gmail.com

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