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Only a few days left to mobilize to put an end to the massacre of sharks!
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Only a few days left to mobilize to put an end to the massacre of sharks!
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The “Stop Finning – Stop the Trade” citizens’ initiative – of which the 30 Million Friends Foundation is a partner – has exceeded the threshold of 1 million signatures required in France. But to ensure the validation of the European Union, this threshold must be exceeded by around 20%, or 150,000 additional signatures, before the closing date set for January 31. Only a few days left to mobilize!

Who are the true “sharks”? With 3,500 tonnes of fins exported each year, the European Union benefits financially from the massacre of these marine animals, endangering the ecosystems in which these fish nevertheless play a major role. The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “Stop Finning – Stop the Trade” – supported by the 30 Million Friends Foundation – aims to strengthen regulation and end this sordid trade. ” One million signatures collected, it’s a real “first victory”, and an unprecedented mobilization for sharks », greets Anne-Sophie Mouraud, campaign manager for StopFinningEU, joined by

At least 150,000 additional signatures

Corn ” you must continue to sign until January 31 (closing date of the collection of signatures, editor’s note), because about 15 % to 20 % of signatures will be rejected due to incomplete forms or address errors “Warns Anne-Sophie Mouraud, however. ” To secure this million signatures, it is therefore necessary to reach at least 150,000 additional signatures. It is also essential because the greater the number of votes, the greater the pressure will be on the committee to act. At EU level, 12 countries have already exceeded their signature threshold (the minimum required being 7 countries, editor’s note). On the other hand, Luxembourg, Denmark and even Sweden have not reached their respective thresholds; gold, ” an even higher number of countries would also give more weight to the initiative “says the representative.

Sharks protect the production of oxygen that comes from the oceans.
Anne-Sophie Mouraud, StopFinningEU.

In total, between 63 and 273 million sharks are killed each year worldwide, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Among the species targeted are the mako shark and the porbeagle, respectively classified as “endangered” and “vulnerable” on the global red list. ” Sharks suffer a lot from their image of man-eaters, recognizes Anne-Sophie Mouraud. However, diving with sharks means coming face to face with a powerful animal, full of grace and serenity. The “fear” of sharks also ignores the key role of these animals in marine ecosystems. At the top of the food chains, these ” guardians of the oceans indeed control the expansion of their small prey which, without them, would proliferate to the detriment of algae and other oxygen-producing organisms. ” Sharks protect the production of oxygen that comes from the oceans “Summarizes the spokesperson.

More than 70% of shark species disappeared in 50 years

There is a real notion of environmental emergency. In areas where sharks have disappeared, we are already seeing the decline of many fish species, warns A.-S. Mouraud. People are afraid of an ocean with sharks, when they should be afraid of an ocean without sharks ! “Derived from 450 million years of evolution, sharks have survived 5 mass extinctions. However, humans are now slaughtering them at an unparalleled rate: more than 70% of shark species have disappeared in just 50 years. While several countries have already begun to act in the face of this dramatic observation, like the State of Hawaii (United States) which recently announced a ban on shark fishing, the EU is – for the instant – remained in the background. ” We are joined by NGOs but also by photographers, activists, influencers… The whole world is watching what is happening in Europe. The EU must position itself as a model “says the campaign manager. So, to mobilize before it’s too late, get to your keyboards!

Sign the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) against shark finning

Only a few days left to mobilize to put an end to the massacre of sharks!
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