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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

Apr 26, 2017 Susan Jacob
Apr 26, 2017 Cyndi Brockett
Apr 26, 2017 MaryJo Wojtczak
Apr 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 26, 2017 Pamela Conway
Apr 26, 2017 Eva Passerini
Apr 26, 2017 Keith Watkin
Apr 25, 2017 Annie Bardwell
Apr 25, 2017 Audrey Okubo
Apr 25, 2017 Cindy Vanderwood
Apr 25, 2017 Tracey Pay
Apr 25, 2017 stephanie zeller
Apr 25, 2017 Yazmin Gonzalez
Apr 25, 2017 Darcy Phillips
Apr 25, 2017 Sophie Massonnaud
Apr 25, 2017 Helga Melgar
Apr 25, 2017 Cathy Slater
Apr 25, 2017 Stephen C. Durand
Apr 25, 2017 Dana Harned THIS IS BARBARIC AND OBSCENE!
Apr 25, 2017 Angie Mendez
Apr 25, 2017 Carol Elkins
Apr 25, 2017 Janice pitelka This wanton and barbaric action needs to stop now!
Apr 25, 2017 Linda Ray
Apr 25, 2017 Barbara Lanzarotti
Apr 25, 2017 Deborah Mulligan
Apr 25, 2017 Inga Badal
Apr 25, 2017 Kir Ing
Apr 25, 2017 Patricia Rhoads
Apr 25, 2017 robin reyna
Apr 25, 2017 Pamela FOSKY Stop
Apr 25, 2017 Meredith Smith
Apr 25, 2017 Nancy Simpson
Apr 25, 2017 Bernardo Falcao
Apr 25, 2017 Adriane Graef
Apr 25, 2017 Katherine Norman Killing sharks ONLY for their fins is ridiculous and VERY INHUMANE!!!!!
Apr 25, 2017 jenn Hudson
Apr 25, 2017 TaMara York
Apr 25, 2017 Shane Clinton
Apr 25, 2017 Jacqueline Rule
Apr 25, 2017 Annette Gelinskey
Apr 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 25, 2017 Natasha Jenkins
Apr 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 25, 2017 Joanna Feflie
Apr 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 25, 2017 Lynne Roberts
Apr 25, 2017 Donna Rich They already have so many shark fins they really don't need to kill more sharks to get them. They cut them off then just throw the shark back in the water and it is so sad watching them trying to swim & they can't so they just lie there and die.
Apr 25, 2017 Lisa Zengou
Apr 25, 2017 tricia McMann
Apr 25, 2017 Stephani Ansley

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