Sharks Need Their Fins! Ban the Bloody Trade!
Shark populations are facing global decline due to the unimaginably cruel practice of shark finning. Sharks fins, used to produce soup, are cut off of live sharks. The sharks are then thrown back into the water, condemning the severely injured animals to horrific and painful deaths. We must act now to stop these senseless mutilations for profit!
While the United States has banned the practice of shark finning by domestic fisherman, it continues elsewhere. According to IUCN analysts, among the approximately 470 species of sharks and rays, 2.4 percent are Critically Endangered, 3.2 percent are Endangered, 10.3 percent are Vulnerable, and 14.4 percent are Near Threatened.
Three bills have been introduced to tackle the huge threat shark finning poses to global shark populations. Twin bills, HR 737 and SB 877, known as Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act, have been introduced in both the House of Representatives and the Senate to prohibit the sale of shark fins. In the House, a bill known as the Shark Sales Elimination Act of 2019 (H.R.614) would ban the sale of all shark parts. If both important bills pass, it will become illegal to possess, buy, sell, or transport shark parts or any product containing shark parts.
What YOU Can Do:
These bills will provide vital protections to curtail domestic shark fishing and the global trade of shark fins. Please call on your federal legislators to support shark conservation by stopping vicious attacks on sharks!
1.) Call your one federal representative listed below and ask for support of H.R.737 and H.R.614.
Then, call your two federal senators listed below to urge them to support S.877.
For all calls, you can say, "I am one of your constituents, and I am horrified by the practice of shark finning. Sharks are savagely cut up while still alive, tossed overboard, and sink to the ocean floor where they suffocate to death. Please support H.R.737, H.R.614 and S.877."
Please click on the link below, enter your zip code, and choose the Federal tab to find their identity and phone numbers.
2.) Sign our alert, by filling out the form on this page, to urge your one representative and two senators to support these bills. Personalization of this letter is highly encouraged. These bills will provide vital protections to curtail domestic shark fishing and the global trade of shark fins. Please call on your federal legislators to support shark conservation and stop barbaric attacks on sharks!