Newbury MP dives into shark conservation
Mr Benyon and Julie Girling, the MEP for the South West of England and Gibraltar, took to the water to swim with sharks at Sealife London Aquarium to launch the Shark Trust initiative for tighter regulations on conservation.
The pair were demonstrating their support a campaign to close the loopholes in the EU ban on shark finning -where a shark’s fins are sliced off and the body is discarded at sea.
“We oppose shark finning and the ban that is currently in place is far too lenient. The UK already requires all sharks to be landed with their fins attached and now Europe needs to follow our lead and listen to the 165,000 people who petitioned for a stronger ban,” Mr Benyon said.