Protect Sharks from Finning
To satisfy the increasing demand for shark fin soup, fins are cut off of millions of living sharks and the mutilated animals are then thrown back into the ocean to die—a practice known as "finning." Though the U.S. outlawed this practice in 2000, the current law is difficult to enforce.
Fortunately, federal legislation to address this issue is advancing. Congress is currently considering the Shark Conservation Act (H.R. 81/S. 850) that would protect sharks from this gruesome practice. This legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate Commerce Committee. As the year draws to a close, the U.S. Senate – the final legislative hurdle on the path to ending finning in the U.S. – is planning to create a package of related bills which may include this critical legislation.
Please add your name to the petition to the bill's sponsor, Senator John Kerry. He has the power to move the bill forward by pushing for its inclusion in the package of bills for Senate consideration. We must encourage him to do everything he can to make sure it is included. Sign today, we'll deliver your signatures on December 10.
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Want to do more? You can also sign HSI's No Shark Fin Pledge:
Help stop needless cruelty and save endangered species: Say NO to shark fin products.
Each year, millions of sharks are hunted, have their fins sliced off, and then are thrown back into the ocean, dead or dying. "Finning" is done to satisfy an appetite for dishes such as shark fin soup, which may be served by Chinese restaurants and during Chinese New Year celebrations, weddings, and other events.
Consuming shark fin soup is cruel and unnecessary. Shark fin does not have much taste and it may contain high levels of mercury. Vegetarian alternatives exist.
You can help stop shark finning and save these endangered species. Many shark species today are threatened with extinction. You can help save them by signing this "no shark fin" pledge and encouraging your friends and family to do the same. Working together, we have the power to make a difference for sharks and the species that depend on them.
To sign the pledge please CLICK HERE