Contact Your Congressperson to SUPPORT the US Shark Fin Trade Ban
Globally shark populations are on the decline. One third of pelagic -open ocean sharks are threatened with extinction. Sharks are being overfished and the shark fin trade is threatening large species of sharks with extinction. Join Shark Stewards supporting the US Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act.
The list of bipartisan Co-Sponsors is building.One hundred and twenty six US House members have voiced their support for this bi-partisan bill The updated list is here.
UPDATE: This law that will eliminate the US trade of threatened, endangered and sharks finned illegally or in countries without shark finning laws. The bill has passed through the Senate and House Committees and will advance to the House.
Dear Members of Congress:The demand for shark fins is one of the greatest threats facing shark populations around the world. Fins from as many as 73 million sharks end up in the global market every year, and more than 70 percent of the 14 most common shark species in the fin trade are considered at high or very high risk of extinction.The Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act (H.R. 1456/S. 793), which has over 260 cosponsors in the House and Senate and would remove the United States from this devastating trade.Since the bill’s introduction last year, the message has been loud and clear across the globe; the United States will not stand by while many shark populations continue to decline, largely due to the demand for their fins. This notion is spreading globally. China, the world’s largest trader of shark fins, has also stepped up. Just this year, all three of its state-owned airlines banned the shipment of fins. These Chinese airlines join 42 additional airlines that have committed to not transporting fins, comprising well over 50 percent of international airlines. And it’s not only airlines that are taking action — 20 major international shipping companies have also said they will not participate in the fin trade.In October, over 85 surfers, surf businesses and surf publications sent a letter to Congress in support of the Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act. Over 150 scientists also sent a letter in support of the bill.While the U.S. exported under $1 million worth of shark fins in 2016, a study found that shark-related dives in Florida alone generated more than $221 million in revenue and fueled over 3,700 jobs that same year, meaning the revenue from Florida shark tourism was over 200 times that of the entire national fin trade.Finally, although the U.S. has passed a ban on shark finning, we continue to import fins from countries with no protections for sharks. And while 12 states have passed state bans, fins continue to be imported and exported into and out of some of those states. A national ban would help ensure the U.S. no longer participates in the global shark fin trade.Please support the Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act, which will help to reduce the international fin trade market, improve upon current enforcement capabilities, and reinforce the status of the U.S. as a leader in shark conservation.Sincerely,
Representatives in support and actions on the bill are here.
Contact your Congressperson and urge them to Support S. 793 and HR 1456.
Update list of co-sponsors January 30, 2018.
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Shark finning is the unsustainable and inhumane practice of cutting off a shark’s fins, often while the shark is still alive, and discarding the body into the ocean. The fins are used in the luxury shark fin soup and other dishes. Although shark fin itself is tasteless and the flavor of shark fin soup comes from other ingredients, the soup is viewed as a delicacy and status symbol by some Asian cultures and is commonly served at weddings and other special events. Traditionally an expensive dish limited to the nobility, shark fin soup is now widely sold to millions of consumers. As economies grow in Asia, a dish once reserved for the elite is now available to many more consumers, and is in demand in China and other Asian communities around the world, including across the United States. This demand is driving sharks to extinction. Learn More About Shark Finning
This petition will be delivered to:
Senate Bill Name: Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act (S. 793)
Sponsor: Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
House of Representatives
Bill Name: Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act (H.R. 1456 )
Representative Ed Royce (R-CA)
Representative Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (I-MP)