shark-white-tippedAn international conference voted on Monday to ban trade in some shark species whose populations have fallen to crisis levels due in part to demand from China, the world’s biggest consumer of shark fin soup.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) agreed to ban international trade in several species of sharks unless those shipments are accompanied by documentation showing they were caught legally.

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