Sharks are amazing ocean predators, and they’re some of the most powerful creatures in the sea. But even they can’t survive the brutal practice of shark finning.
Shark finning is a gruesome practice. It involves catching sharks, hacking off their fins and tails – usually while they are still alive – and throwing them back in the water. Unable to swim, the sharks then bleed to death, starve or drown. This brutal killing of our oceans’ apex predators must stop!
Although shark finning is already illegal in U.S. waters and the possession and sale of shark fins is banned in eleven states and three territories, huge quantities of fins are still imported to this country every year. In fact, globally, as many as 73 million sharks are killed for their fins each year.
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Jim, one in four species of sharks is in danger of extinction. The U.S. must take a leading role in the fight to stop the slaughter by banning the trade of shark fins at the national level and denying shark finners entrance to the U.S. market.
Thank you for your continued commitment to standing with wildlife and fighting to protect our world’s most vulnerable species.