Grind for June 25th
“I think a poet is anybody who wouldn’t call himself a poet.”
– Bob Dylan
Canada bans shark fin trading to save threatened species
Canada this week became the first G20 nation to ban the import and export of shark fins.
Shark finning has been illegal in Canadian waters since 1994, but the nation has continued to import fins from other regions and for years has been the largest importer of shark fins outside Asia.
Shark finning is a key contributor to the precarious status of many shark species, and roughly 33% of fins sold come from species that are at risk.
An estimated 73 million sharks are killed for their fins every year.
“[The bill] is both meaningful in its own right in terms of the trade of shark fins but also hopefully leads the way for other countries to follow suit,” said Josh Lauren of Oceana Canada.
Canada’s landmark decision comes 13 years after the release of Sharkwater, a film that inspired a worldwide movement to save these threatened predators.
The film was produced by Rob Stewart, a Canadian wildlife photographer who drowned in 2017 while filming Sharkwater’s sequel.
At the last minute, Trump calls off missile strike against Iran
President Trump on Thursday evening called off a missile strike against Iran just 10 minutes before the attack was scheduled to begin.
Earlier that day, Iran shot down an unmanned US military drone it claimed had entered Iranian airspace. US Air Force officials said the drone was flying in international airspace near the Strait of Hormuz.
The US military was “cocked and loaded to retaliate,” said Trump, who called off the attack after he was briefed on the expected death toll.
The three-pronged strike, which aimed to destroy Iranian radar and missile batteries, could have killed up to 150 people. The attack would not have been “proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone,” said Trump.
President Trump believes Iran’s action may have been a mistake, but military officials are convinced the attack was an attempt to disrupt US intelligence gathering.
General Hossein Salami, Commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, said the attack was a response to a “violation.”
The United Nations Security Council will meet Monday to discuss Iran and its aggressive behavior.
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