Name: Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act
Bill Number: S 793/HR 1456
The greatest threat to sharks is the global trade in shark
fins. Shark finning is a cruel and wasteful practice in
which a fin is sliced off a shark while the shark is alive and conscious. The
shark is then tossed back into the ocean where, unable to swim, the shark will
suffer a slow and painful death over the course of several days, or be attacked
by other predators with no defense. It is estimated that fins from as
many as 73,000,000 sharks end up in the global shark fin trade each year. Although the
United States has banned the practice of shark finning aboard vessels in waters
controlled by the United States, there is no federal ban on the removal and
sale of shark fins once the fin is brought ashore. This
legislation would prohibit the possession, transportation, sale, or
purchase of shark fins or products containing shark fins.
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Please Put an End to the Cruel Practice of Shark Finning
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to ask your support for legislation, S793 and HR 1456, which would ban the possession, transportation, sale, or purchase of shark fins or products containing shark fins. Shark finning is the cruel practice in which sharks are captured at sea and their fins are cut off while the shark is alive and conscious. The shark is then thrown back into the water to drown, starve, be attacked by other predators or die a slow death.In addition to the animal cruelty implications, shark finning has catastrophic effects on shark populations around the world. It is difficult to determine which species of shark a fin was removed from, which is problematic because some species are threatened with extinction. With their slow growth and low reproductive rates, many shark species are endangered due to shark finning, where the greatest profit is made by cutting off fins while at sea without bringing a whole shark to shore for processing as meat.While federal law already prohibits shark finning in U.S. waters, and while California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas and Washington have implemented bans on the sale of shark fins, shark populations continue to decrease because of the legal trade in other states. Once a shark fin is detached from the body it becomes impossible to determine whether the shark was legally caught or the fin lawfully removed. Therefore, only a federal ban on the sale of shark fins will end this practice and protect these animals.I hope that you will give your full support to the passage of this measure before the end of the current legislative session. Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]