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Air China

BEIJING — Air China has become the first airline in mainland China to ban shark fin cargo, marking a dramatic shift in attitudes toward trade in endangered wildlife here and throwing a lifeline to shark populations threatened with imminent extinction.   https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/air-china-bans-shark-fin-cargo-reflecting-dramatic-shift-in-attitudes/2017/01/08/754e0d56-0457-4667-8880-97775a0a97fd_story.html?utm_term=.8357691e3011

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Rhode Island Bans Shark Fin

A law that makes the ownership or sale of shark fins illegal except for use in scientific research or the preparation of a shark for ordinary consumption took effect in the state on Jan. 1. Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) signed the legislation in June.   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/shark-fins-rhode-island_us_586b6650e4b0de3a08f94c00

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Cebu City

History was made on Tuesday when the entire Cebu became the first and only island in the Philippines to ban the catching, selling, possession and trading of all shark species and its derivatives after Cebu City sealed the deal to prohibit such activities in its territory and joined the province in the ban.  http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/112469/cebu-city-joins-province-wide-ban-on-sharks-rays

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UPS

UPS halts shark fin shipments. UPS said it previously allowed shipment of fins from shark species that were not endangered or regulated, but that this week it banned the shark fins “due to concerns about the enforcement capabilities of the authorities.” UPS Bans Shark Fin Shipments  

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Texas

Texas has banned the trade of shark fins in the state, a move that could end its status as one of the main U.S. centers of activity for the product prized as a delicacy in Chinese cuisine.

Governor Greg Abbott during the weekend signed into law the measure to ban the trade, becoming the 10th U.S. state with such a measure, according to Oceana, an international advocacy group to protect the world’s oceans.

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Costa Rica

Costa Rican Environmentalists Achieve Goal: No More Hammerhead Shark Fin Exports – After much controversy and complaints by environmentalists, the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) announced today that they will no longer issue permits for the export of shark fins until they have developed a legal document that ensures that the procurement of the product does not seriously harm the species.

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Switzerland

On the 5 of March 2015,  a government council in Switzerland banned the Import of Shark fins into the country.  The Swiss national council accepted the proposition by 160 votes against 19 and it was passed into effect.  http://sharkdivers.blogspot.com/2015/03/switzerland-bans-importation-of-shark.html

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Madagascar

The New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society has assisted the Government of Madagascar to create the country’s first marine sanctuary for sharks as part of a new law to safeguard the country’s marine resources and the communities that rely on them.

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Thai Airways

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) announces that the carrier has implemented strict Cargo policy on the shipment prohibition of shark fin on THAI Cargo, effective from 15 July 2014.

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Massachusetts

Governor Deval Patrick has signed a bill banning the possession and sale of shark fins in the state. The bill, approved in the State House this month, makes Massachusetts the ninth state to pass legislation criminalizing the shark fin trade.

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