PETA claims state-owned Kochi port involved in shark selling

Last Updated: Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 18:59

Panaji: An International NGO have claimed
that a state government-owned port in Kerala was selling
sharks, whose sale is banned in the country.

"A government owned port at Kochi in Kerala bans the
visitors with camera inside. We did an undercover operation
through spy cam and found out that sharks were being sold
there," senior campaign coordinator of People For Ethical
Treatment of Animals (PETA) Nikunj Sharma told reporters here.

He said that although sharks are protected under the
Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, sharks were killed openly at
these ports and sold at cheap rates.

In a ten-minute-long video tape, the NGO has shown how
sharks were tortured to death and bred in unhygienic
condition.

Sharma quoting a survey from 1999 to 2000 said that as
many as 591 sharks were killed for their meat as well for
liver oil in India.

"PETA`s investigation concluded that illegal fishing and
government`s irresponsible attitude towards the problem are
endangering sharks and other marine life," he said.

The NGO has expressed its grave concern over the
overexploitation of fish resources, which are going to be
scarce in near future.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 18:59

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