Support California Assembly Bill 376 to Ban Possession, Sale, Trade and Distribution of Shark Fins

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Originally Posted: 25 Feb 2011

Support California Assembly Bill 376 to Ban Possession, Sale, Trade and Distribution of Shark Fins

FROM  In Defense of Animals (IDA)

ACTION

Tell California Assemblymembers to SUPPORT AB 376 that would ensure that California does not contribute to the supply and demand of shark fins by prohibiting their sale and distribution.

Sign an online petition

And/Or make direct contact:

If you live in California, personalize and submit the form below to email your support for AB 376 to your state Senator and Assemblymember.

If you wish to send a hand-written letter or fax, and/or make a phone call, please direct your comments to Assembly Member Paul Fong, who introduced this legislation: <assemblymember.fong@assembly.ca.gov>  phone: (916) 319-2022, fax: (916) 319-2122

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Shark fining is a process where the fins and tails of sharks are cut off, and the remainder of the often still living shark is thrown back into the ocean. Sharks then sink to the bottom, unable to swim and die a slow, agonizing death.

California has the opportunity to once again be a leader in protection of animals and environmental conservation. Following passage of a similar ban in Hawaii last year, Assembly members Paul Fong (D-Cupertino) and Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) have introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 376, landmark legislation to ban shark fins possession, sale, trade and distribution in California.

Every year, tens of millions of sharks are killed for shark fin soup. This unnecessary dish has been a major contributor to the near collapse of many shark species world-wide as well as in California. As the top predator in the marine food web, sharks maintain the natural balance in our oceans. Scientists warn that the massive decline of sharks is having a devastating effect on the marine ecosystem. And the process of "shark finning" is just plain cruel.

AB 376 would ensure that California does not contribute to the supply and demand of shark fins by prohibiting their sale and distribution. A similar ban passed in Hawaii in 2010 and in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands in early 2011. AB 376 will give important protection to sharks to help preserve the ecosystem and biodiversity of the California coast and the world’s oceans - and, most important, to protect the sharks themselves.


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