Shark Fin Traders Lose Lawsuit Against Wildlife Group

BANGKOK (AFP) - An alliance of Thai shark fin traders lost a 110 million baht (2.6 million dollar) lawsuit they filed against a wildlife group which claims the Asian delicacy is putting both sharks and consumers at risk.

The US-based conservation group WildAid was hit by the lawsuit three years ago after claiming the delicacy was behind a worldwide decline in shark numbers and that toxic levels of mercury stored in the fins posed a hazard to consumers.

A group calling itself the Bangkok Association of Shark Fin Restaurants had accused WildAid of damaging their businesses through the awareness campaign.

Hailing Monday's decision as a major victory, WildAid said the ruling would now legally allow the group to renew its campaign to have shark fin banned from Thai dinner tables.

Details here from Yahoo! UK News.