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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

May 29, 2017 Aline Lacerda Gomes
May 29, 2017 Lisa Watson Nolan
May 28, 2017 Vicky Lawrence
May 28, 2017 hilary tulloch
May 28, 2017 Susan Pizza
May 28, 2017 r vanstrien
May 28, 2017 Stacey Cossette
May 28, 2017 Robin MIllis
May 28, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
May 28, 2017 Kim Spooner
May 28, 2017 Donna Callaghan
May 28, 2017 Kimberly Spurlock
May 27, 2017 Athena Soteropoulou
May 27, 2017 Grant Sorrell
May 27, 2017 Cheri Carlson
May 27, 2017 Arturo Gonzalez Cosio
May 27, 2017 Emma Spurgin Hussey
May 27, 2017 Debbie Brozak
May 27, 2017 Heather Shaffer
May 26, 2017 Cassie Huffman
May 26, 2017 Vicki Buckley
May 26, 2017 Daniel Abbott
May 26, 2017 Rebecca Twaites
May 26, 2017 Rose Redmond For a comparison, cut off both your arms, jump into the sea, and see how long you survive.
May 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 26, 2017 Stacey Cannon
May 26, 2017 Robyn Marchant
May 26, 2017 Barbara Alves
May 26, 2017 Loretta Tiefen
May 26, 2017 Lina Bradauskaitė
May 26, 2017 Anita Tuokko
May 26, 2017 Carol Guertin
May 26, 2017 mip clark
May 26, 2017 Diane Sandler
May 26, 2017 elena golubeva
May 26, 2017 Lesley Blissett
May 26, 2017 Dean Miller
May 26, 2017 Elizabeth Veillette
May 26, 2017 Louise ffoulkes Only by removing the financial incentive to kill these magnificent creatures will we be able to prevent their extinction.
May 26, 2017 Anne Winicki
May 26, 2017 Cheryl Sheets
May 26, 2017 Thomas Gomersall
May 26, 2017 (Name not displayed) je suis contre je signe
May 26, 2017 drouet sandrine
May 26, 2017 Matteo Monti
May 26, 2017 Rosemary Mills
May 26, 2017 Suzanne Danielson
May 26, 2017 Léa Le Brizaut
May 25, 2017 Teresa Smith
May 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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