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Sabah to ban shark hunting


5/12/2011

Published on May 13, 2011

Sabah is likely to become the first state in Malaysia to ban shark hunting for their fins, Bernama reported the state government as saying. According to estimates, Malaysia’s shark population has dwindled in recent years, with only 20% of original numbers thought to remain in the country’s waters. “We understand the sensitivities involved as it is a must for some people to serve shark fin soup during weddings,” said Sabah’s State Tourism, Culture & Environment Minister, Masidi Manjun. “But what we are trying to do is to educate the people to skip the dish for conservation's sake.” The minister added that he would ask Malaysia’s airports operator, MAHB, to ban the sale of shark fin soup at airports in the state.

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