PETA claims state-owned Kochi port involved in shark selling
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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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