Boris Johnson is a Hero for Sharks
Boris Johnson wants to get rid of shark fin soup. Mr. Johnson has said: “We can get on with things the British people have wanted to do for years, like … banning shark-fin soup. I don’t know about you, but I think it’s cruel to cut off the fins of a shark and chuck it back in the water. But unfortunately we can’t ban shark-fin soup because of EU rules.” Boris Johnson gets a thumbs-up when he said the UK could ban shark-fin soup after Brexit. EU trade rules, which the prime minister cited, are only one of the obstacles to outlawing a trade that conservationists say is abhorrent.
However, after quitting the European Union, the UK would still be subject to World Trade Organization (WTO) rules, which could prevent a UK ban on shark-fin exports. It is time to pressure the WTO and EU to revise their rules and ban trading in shark fins. Read more...