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Colombia confiscates shark fins bound for HK
Colombian authorities said Sept. 24 they have confiscated a shipment of 3,493 shark fins that were to be illegally trafficked to Hong Kong from Bogota’s airport.
Environmental authorities in the capital said the quantity of fins meant around 900 to 1,000 sharks between 1 and 5 meters in length would have had to be killed.
In some countries, shark fins are believed to have health benefits.
The shipment, the product of illegal fishing, came from Colombia’s southwestern municipality of Roldanillo, Bogota’s environment secretary said. (Reuters)
S Korea: Moon hints at ban on eating dog meat
South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in said Sept. 27 there might be a need to prohibit dog meat consumption amid debate over the controversial practice and growing awareness of animal rights.
Eating dog meat is mainly done by older people, though it is not as common as before. Dog meat is served in some restaurants and can be bought at specific markets.
Moon made the remarks after being briefed by Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum on efforts to improve the handling of abandoned animals and a mandatory registration system for dogs. (Reuters)
These articles were provided by The Japan Times Alpha.