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|Originally Posted: 7 December 2009|
Tell Your Senators to Support the Shark Conservation Act
Tell your Senators to Support S. 850, Shark Conservation Act that will strengthen the U.S. ban on shark finning by closing enforcement loopholes and encouraging other countries to adopt similar bans and shark conservation programs.
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
In 2000, the U.S. Congress passed a law it believed had
banned the practice of shark finning - yet the cruelty
continues. During the process, the fins of a living shark are
cut off and the animal is thrown back into the water. The shark
endures a horrifically slow and painful death, ultimately
sinking to the bottom of the ocean to die. The fins are then
dried and used in preparing shark fin soup, an Asian "delicacy."
Not only is the practice overtly cruel and wasteful, but it
upsets the fragile balance of the marine ecosystem by removing
these top predators. Since the original bill's passage, shark
finning has been illegal in U.S. waters but enforcement has been
hampered by loopholes in the ban.
Thankfully, earlier this year Senator John Kerry (D-MA)
introduced the Shark Conservation Act of 2009 (S. 850) to combat
the practice. The bill recently moved out of the Senate
Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee by voice vote.
The House of Representatives already passed a companion bill in
March. The bill now heads to the floor where it awaits
consideration by the full Senate.
Please contact your U.S. Senators today and ask them to cosponsor this bill and close the loopholes for good.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!