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Originally Posted: 12 May 2009
Tell the Senate to Support S.B. 850 to End Shark Finning
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Contact your U.S. Senator to Support S.B. 850, The Shark Conservation Act of 2009.
Finning: Slicing off a shark's fins for soup and tossing the body back to sea so the sharks bleed to death as they drown.
The situation is grim for a growing number of shark populations who are in peril from overfishing and unsustainable finning.
The U.S. passed a national finning ban in 2000, but the practice continues and is still legal in many other nations. The demand for the fins - which can sell for up to hundreds of dollars per pound - remains high for shark fin soup, a delicacy.
The Shark Conservation Act of 2009 closes loopholes in the U.S. finning ban and can revitalize shark conservation efforts on a global scale. It must be passed without further delay. Please join us in sending a powerful message to your senators to end finning and save the sharks!
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