The Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act has just passed the U.S. Senate as part of a broader legislative package, the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, S. 1260. The Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act would end all commercial trade in the United States of shark fins and shark fin products, helping to stem the inhumane practice of shark finning and to protect declining global shark populations. U.S. Senators Cory Booker, Shelley Moore Capito, and Brian Schatz were instrumental to the legislation’s being added to S. 1260 as an amendment.
Sara Amundson, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund said:
“Year after year shark populations are declining, due in no small part to fishermen the world over mangling sharks by slicing off their fins while at sea, leaving the mutilated animals to drown or be eaten alive by other fish,” said Sara Amundson, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. “The Senate’s passage of the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act is a critical step toward extracting the United States from the cruel and destructive global shark fin trade. Enough is enough: sharks are worth more alive than in a bowl of soup.”
You can read more in her blog here.
The legislation now goes to the House of Representatives for action.
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