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Friday, May 8, 2009

11 tonnes of shark fins seized

11 tonnes of shark fins seized
May 8, 2009, The Straits Times

Police in Spain said on Friday they had seized 11 tonnes of shark fins worth 136,800 euros (S$270,449) destined to be shipped to Hong Kong in China. --PHOTO: REUTERS

The warehouse in Huelva in southwestern Spain where the shark fins, used to make soup in China, were found was not authorised to store or export the product, they said in a statement.

The shark fins did not appear to be a protected species, police said. They came from a port in Galicia in northwestern Spain.

European Union countries are the main exporters of shark fins to China. The removal of the shark's fins results in their death.

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