ABS-CBNNews.com reports that Senator Loren Legarda wants to enact into law Senate Bill 2616, An Act Banning the Catching, Sale, Purchase, Possession, Transportation, Importation and Exportation of All Sharks or Rays or Any Part Thereof in the Country.
According to the report, the bill will also "declare as unlawful the wounding and killing of sharks and rays unless they [are] a threat to human life or safety." The report added: "The Shark’s Fin soup and selling of sharks’ fins will also be outlawed." It noted that "shark’s fin can be sold from a price of P600 up to P3,000 per kilo."
The report quoted Legarda, who said in a statement: "Clearly, the absence of the law forbidding the catching of sharks gives people the courage to continue the practice, which could eventually lead to the extinction of shark species in the country, especially (since) they reproduce slowly."
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