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Fins from up to 73 million sharks end up in the global fin trade every year.

Shark finning is a wasteful and inhumane practice in which a shark’s fins are cut off and the body is discarded at sea to drown. While shark finning is illegal in American waters, fins are still bought and sold in the United States.

Add your name now and tell Congress to prohibit the sale and trade of all shark fin products in the U.S.

A nationwide ban on the trade of shark fins is the best way to ensure that the U.S. is not supporting shark finning and protect sharks around the world.

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Dear Members of Congress:

I am writing to urge you to support the Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act of 2016, which would prohibit the sale and trade of shark fins in the United States. Sharks have been on our planet for over 420 million years — 200 million years before dinosaurs walked the Earth. Although sharks have survived major mass extinction events, human activities including overfishing, bycatch and the demand for shark fins now pose the greatest threat to their survival.

In fact, every year, fins from up to 73 million sharks enter the global shark fin trade. Many of these sharks have been finned. Shark finning involves cutting the fins off the body of the shark and saving them for sale, while dumping the body of the shark back into the sea to drown, bleed to death or be eaten alive. This cruel, wasteful practice puts many shark species at risk of extinction.

Although the practice of shark finning is illegal in U.S. waters, the United States still participates in the shark fin trade. Shark fins continue to be imported into the United States either from countries that do not have similar shark finning restrictions, from sharks finned on the high seas, or from illegal shark finning in U.S. waters. Since 2010, the United States has imported fins from 11 countries, five of which do not have any type of finning ban.

Many of the sharks targeted for their fins have long lifespans, mature slowly, and produce relatively few young, making them especially vulnerable to overexploitation and population loss. In fact, more than 70 percent of the most common species in the fin trade are at a high or very high risk of extinction. Due to the difficulty in identifying shark species based on detached and processed fins, it is easy for threatened species to end up in the shark fin market.

What is equally troubling is that the trade data reported to the FAO does not match NOAA's own fin data. For example, between 2000 and 2011, NOAA reported that, on average, the United States imported 75,000 pounds of fins every year, yet the total number reported as having been exported to the U.S. by the exporting countries was a staggering 580,000 pounds — more than seven times NOAA's amount!

The Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act, introduced by Senator Booker (D-NJ), Senator Capito (R-WV), Representative Sablan (D-MP) and Representative Royce (R-CA) would create a nationwide prohibition on the trade of shark fins, therefore reinforcing the status of the United States as a leader in shark conservation.

Eleven states and three territories already have passed bills to ban the trade of shark fins — Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, California, Illinois, Maryland, Delaware, New York, Massachusetts, Texas, Rhode Island, Guam, the North Mariana Islands and American Samoa. A number of leading companies have also banned the selling and shipment of shark fin products, including GrubHub, Amazon, Disney, UPS, American Airlines and Hilton Worldwide. Please join them by supporting the Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act.


Petition Signatures

Mar 29, 2017 Madeleine Oliveland
Mar 29, 2017 Maria Ricciardi
Mar 29, 2017 Nancy Heß
Mar 29, 2017 JOSEFA ARANA
Mar 29, 2017 Max Wolf
Mar 29, 2017 Hannah Crone
Mar 29, 2017 Donna Rowe
Mar 28, 2017 Rosemarie Flint
Mar 28, 2017 Sarah White
Mar 28, 2017 Janice Bernard
Mar 28, 2017 Valéria Menicucci
Mar 28, 2017 Sophie Masse
Mar 28, 2017 sandra Berding
Mar 28, 2017 Jenice Minamide
Mar 28, 2017 Audrey Farrelly
Mar 28, 2017 Christine Heffernan
Mar 28, 2017 Julie Karstensen
Mar 27, 2017 Carol Blissing
Mar 27, 2017 Stephanie Rossi
Mar 27, 2017 celine zini
Mar 27, 2017 Karla de Lima
Mar 26, 2017 Linda Rohret
Mar 26, 2017 Patty Tomek
Mar 26, 2017 Diana Daigler
Mar 26, 2017 Inbal Hancock
Mar 25, 2017 Sandra Veillette Shark finning is wrong, cruel, selfish, wasteful, immoral and I do not understand why it is allowed in the USA.?What kind of people are we?
Mar 25, 2017 K Harde
Mar 25, 2017 JANEL COHEN
Mar 25, 2017 Jim Spooner
Mar 25, 2017 Tiffany Klinger
Mar 25, 2017 Sandra Amphlett-Pauls
Mar 25, 2017 Alice VanKoevering
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Mar 24, 2017 matthew robinson
Mar 24, 2017 kayla craft
Mar 24, 2017 Jody Lewis-Zajac
Mar 23, 2017 Myrna Saldivar
Mar 23, 2017 Valerie Giddy
Mar 23, 2017 Monika Saluter
Mar 23, 2017 Sheryl Precopia
Mar 23, 2017 Maria Lourinho
Mar 23, 2017 Debbie Evans
Mar 23, 2017 Pat Redner
Mar 23, 2017 jean-claude louvet
Mar 23, 2017 marianne louvet
Mar 23, 2017 annick louvet
Mar 23, 2017 Emily Howell
Mar 23, 2017 Angela Hale
Mar 23, 2017 lia schiltmans
Mar 23, 2017 Annie Boulanger

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