“CITES Parties voted by the slimmest of margins to protect porbeagle sharks, but rejected all other shark proposals at this meeting,” said Dr Ralf Sonntag, Director IFAW Germany. “An Appendix II listing would have given sharks a fighting chance against the devastation that shark finning is causing around the world.”
“Sharks have been sold out today. Short-term profits have won again at CITES.”
With more than 100 million sharks caught each year, some species are estimated to have declined by as much as 80 per cent in the past decade.