Oregon Governor Signs Shark Fin Trade Ban
An Animal Rights Article from All-Creatures.org

FROM

Oceana: Protecting the World's Oceans
September 2011

[Ed. Note: And... read Shark Attack Survivors Call on Senate to Ban Shark Hunting and Shark Attack Survivors Urge UN to Support Shark Conservation.]

Great news this shark week! We just got word that Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber will sign a bill this afternoon banning the sale, trade, and possession of shark fins in the state. Oceana was instrumental in the passage of this bill, which passed the State House and Senate with bipartisan support.

The billís passage moves the U.S. West Coast closer to a full ban on the trade of shark fins, thereby helping to protect global populations of at-risk shark species that are being targeted in unsustainable and unregulated fisheries worldwide.

While shark finning is illegal in the U.S., current federal laws banning the practice do not address the shark fin trade. As a result, fins are being imported to the U.S. from countries with few or even no shark protections in place.

Governor Chris Gregoire of Washington State signed similar legislation into law on May 12, 2011 and a bill in the California legislature passed the Assembly and is currently under consideration in committee in the Senate.

We commend Governor Kitzhaber for his extraordinary leadership to protect the oceanís top predators, and congratulate our Pacific colleagues for their work in achieving this victory!


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