Petition Tag - fins

1. Stop the Shark Slaughter

Sign this petition to stop sharks being hunted for their fins.

This would really help us out and would help the sharks out too. I'm sure they would appreciate it too!

2. Save Languages in Groningen

Last year the University of Groningen decided to merge most of its Modern Language Programmes into a single programme: European Languages and Cultures, featuring the study of 10 European languages from a European perspective. But this new programme was barely in its third month when the University announced plans to reduce the number of languages from 10 to 6. As of September 2013, students will not longer have the possibility to choose Danish, Norwegian, Finnish or Hungarian.

However, the value of these languages extends well beyond the university walls. Cultural exchanges between countries large and small are of great economic importance. Accordingly, the study of languages and cultures at academic level is vital –language students go on to work as writers, communicators, translators, interpreters, editors etc. If the University of Groningen’s plans to discontinue four modern language programmes take effect, unique expertise will be drained from the country, with devastating effects in the long term. With this petition, we urge the University of Groningen to reconsider these plans, and to continue to offer Danish, Finnish, Hungarian and Norwegian as part of the European Languages and Cultures programme. If you want to support our cause, please sign this petition and spread the word!

On behalf of staff, students and alumni of the departments of Scandinavian and Finno-Ugric languages at the University of Groningen

Prof. Muriel Norde
(Chair of Scandinavian Languages and Cultures)
Prof. Cornelius Hasselblatt
(Chair of Finno-Ugric Languages and Cultures)

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3. Ban the import and export of shark fins

100 million sharks are killed each year. As a result of this the shark population has dropped by 90% in the last 30 years and will continue to decline if we allow the trade of shark fins. The act of fining a shark is atrocious as 95% of the shark is wasted and thrown back into the water.

Fishing boats will take sharks regardless of their age, size or species. Shark fining takes place at sea so the fishers have only the fins to transport. Shark meat is considered low value and therefore not worth the cost of transporting the bulky shark bodies to market.

4. Project Aware: Give sharks a fighting chance

Shark populations are devastated by overexploitation, including targeted fishing, bycatch and finning.

Each year, tens of millions of sharks are killed by Earth’s most dangerous predators - humans. Too many of them fall victim to the cruel and wasteful practice of shark finning - the act of removing shark fins and discarding the often still alive shark overboard. As Eastern demand for fins remains strong, markets for shark meat are growing, helping to push shark species to the brink.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) analyses, all shark species proposed at the meeting met the criteria for listing under CITES Appendix II. Such listing requires that trade is controlled in order to avoid use that threatens the species’ survival. Despite the depletion ofsharks worldwide, restrictions on international trade are in place for only three shark species - whale shark, great white shark and basking shark.

Join thousands of AWARE divers and shark advocates who are serious about shark protection. Sign the petition and urge your friends and colleagues to do the same.

Together, we’re gaining the attention of policymakers worldwide. We’re closing loopholes in existing global shark management policies and insisting on full protections for Endangered and Critically Endangered sharks

5. Save the Sharks

Dear President Chinchilla,

We the attached signatories would like to congratulate you for the proactive stance your administration has taken with respect to marine conservation issues. The recent creation of the Cocos Island Marine Seamount Managed Area will support sustainable fishing initiatives among this country’s national fishers. In addition, closing the private docks to the international shark finning fleet was without a doubt a major accomplishment.

However, the foreign fleet continues to side-step the authorities’ controls by landing fins in Nicaragua, loading them into Costa Rican trucks, and importing them back into this country via Peñas Blancas for their eventual re-exportation.

In order to end the shark finning fleet’s egregious practices – ones that overshadow the marine conservation accomplishments of your government – it’s necessary to prohibit shark fin imports.

This action would have no impact on the national fishing industry or on any other industry that respects our laws.

6. Stop The Brutal Finning Of Sharks!

Every year thousands of sharks are hacked to death for their fins. The still alive body is then dumped back into the ocean to drown, bleed to death or get eaten alive.

7. Nieuw-Grieks en Fins aan universiteit en/of hogeschool

In België kan je Nieuw-Grieks en Fins enkel in avondonderwijs studeren of als keuzevak aan bepaalde universiteiten. Schiet Vlaanderen dat toch steeds zo prat gaat op zijn talenkennis, hier niet tekort?
Is Brussel niet hoofdstad van Europa? Waarom krijgt de Belgische student dan toch zo een beperkt aanbod aan talenonderwijs in het hoger onderwijs voorgeschoteld?

Daarom pleiten wij, voorstanders van een rijker aanbod aan minderheidstalen in het hoger onderwijs, voor een uitbreiding van het talenonderwijs in dit land.


En Belgique, il est impossible d'étudier le nouveau grec et le finlandais, mais aussi bien de nombreuses autres langues européennes comme l'islandais, le portugais et le danois. Une tel situation est-elle possible au pays où se trouvent toutes les grandes organisations européennes et internationales?

Pour cette raison, nous voudrions que l'offre des lanques au niveau universitaire en Belgique soit enrichi.


Warum ist es nicht möglich, in Belgien eine Sprache wie Finnisch oder Neugriechisch zu studieren an einer Universität oder Hochschule? Brüssel sei doch die Hauptstadt Europas? Warum ist das Sprachenangebot in unserem Land so beschränkt?

Darum möchten wir, Studenten für ein größeres Angbot der Fremdsprachen, dass den Sprachenunterricht in Belgien ergrößert wird.