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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.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


May 22, 2017 Leslie Shellberg
May 22, 2017 Lisa Radford ENOUGH...an end to man'kind's abuse and greed...respect, love, humanity
May 21, 2017 Lynne Powell
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 19, 2017 michelle salum
May 19, 2017 Susan Bain Please stop this needless action!
May 16, 2017 CINDIE WOODS
May 16, 2017 erek king
May 16, 2017 Alyssa Walls
May 16, 2017 Kat Klahn
May 15, 2017 Kristin Cucolo
May 15, 2017 lucie tissot
May 15, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
May 14, 2017 Cindy Zatlokowicz
May 13, 2017 Bridgette Tannehill
May 12, 2017 Lisa Landry
May 12, 2017 Tony Buitrago
May 12, 2017 Elena Burankova
May 11, 2017 Sharmila Perera
May 10, 2017 P D
May 9, 2017 Nasim ES
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May 9, 2017 Barbara Kent
May 9, 2017 Eileen Juric
May 8, 2017 Sabrina Renault
May 7, 2017 Dee Hoke
May 6, 2017 Jewell Batway
May 6, 2017 Merri Frederick
May 6, 2017 Barbara Oneschak
May 5, 2017 Alison Grugle
May 5, 2017 Rob Dayes
May 4, 2017 Debi Langston This is crazy and cruel end this now please.
May 3, 2017 michelle DUBET
May 3, 2017 Francisca Alincastre
May 2, 2017 Simona Bergman
May 1, 2017 Dr Sandra Schneider
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Apr 29, 2017 natalie hughes
Apr 29, 2017 cynthia merla
Apr 29, 2017 tomui angela
Apr 28, 2017 Susie Heiss
Apr 27, 2017 Greg Fox
Apr 27, 2017 Dawn Pecoraro
Apr 26, 2017 Susan Jacob
Apr 26, 2017 Cyndi Brockett
Apr 26, 2017 MaryJo Wojtczak
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Apr 26, 2017 Pamela Conway
Apr 26, 2017 Eva Passerini
Apr 26, 2017 Keith Watkin

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