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Cada año, más de 73 millones de tiburones son muertos capturados para extraer sus aletas, carne, hígado y piel. De acuerdo con la Lista Roja de Especies Amenazadas de la UICN, 30% de los tiburones se encuentran amenazados o casi amenazados de extinción.Here is the petition in English:
En México, los tiburones ballena son uno de los más preciados tesoros de los océanos. Aún cuando estos tiburones atraen cada año más de 100 millones de pesos a la economía local, éste y otros tiburones aún no se encuentran protegidos.
El Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental (CEMDA) y la organización Defensores de los Tiburones (Shark Defenders) se han unido para apoyar la conservación de los tiburones en el Sureste de México.
Every year, up to 73 million sharks are slaughtered for their fins, meat, cartilage, liver, and skin. According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, 30% of shark species are threatened or near threatened with extinction.And the letter in English:
In Mexico, whale sharks are treasured members of the ocean. Even though swimming with whale sharks brings in 100 million pesos to the local economy each year, these and other shark species are not protected.
El Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental (CEMDA) and international advocates Los Defensores de los Tiburones (Shark Defenders) have teamed up to support shark conservation in Southerneastern Mexico.
Dear President Felipe Calderón,Please follow this link to sign the petition.
I am writing to ask you to ban the import, commerce, and exchange of shark meat and derived shark products, such as cartilage, teeth, and fins in Southeastern Mexico. Furthermore, I am asking you to ban the fishing, capture, and slaughter of sharks in southeastern Mexico.
Every year, up to 73 million sharks are slaughtered for their fins, meat, cartilage, liver, and skin. According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, 30% of shark species are threatened or near threatened with extinction. Mexico is responsible for about 4.1% of the global catch of sharks.
In Mexico, especially in the Yucatan Peninsula, food security and economic development depends heavily on healthy coral reefs and associated healthy shark populations. In addition, the local economy benefits greatly from shark dive tourism. Studies have shown that tourists spend 100 million pesos annually to swim with the whale sharks of Holbox. This economic activity can only be protected if sharks are also protected.
A Yucatan Shark Preserve would contribute to both regional and global shark conservation efforts. A shark preserve extending to the full extent of Mexican waters on the eastern half of the Yucatan peninsula would connect with the Honduras Shark Sanctuary declared last year. If Belize and Guatemala were to also take action to protect their sharks, all sharks inhabiting the Mesoamerican reef would be safe to live and reproduce and to help restore and maintain that rich ecosystem.
I encourage you to make Mexico a leader in shark protections so that future generations can know a more perfect ocean, populated with many more sharks.