Shark lovers in the US are thankful for the vote on the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act in Congress this past week, in time for the Thanksgiving holiday!
The Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act
The Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act (H.R. 737) passes the House this past week. The goal is eliminating the sale, purchase, and possession of shark fins in the United States. The bill was Introduced by Representatives Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (I-MP) and Michael McCaul (R-TX) and passed by a vote of 310-107.
Animal Welfare Institute
“Sharks have existed for hundreds of millions of years on this planet, and yet these remarkable apex predators now face one of the biggest threats to their survival because of the demand for their fins. More than a quarter of shark species and their relatives are at risk of extinction.
“Passing legislation to clamp down on the global shark fin trade is essential if we are going to protect sharks and maintain functioning marine ecosystems. We are grateful to Representatives Sablan and McCaul for their steadfast leadership and urge the Senate to quickly pass the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act so that it can be signed into law.”
Cathy Liss – President
This is not the first measure the US Congress has decided on related to shark conservation and shark finning. In 2000, lawmakers passed the Shark Finning Prohibition Act. This banned the possession of shark fins in U.S. waters absent the rest of the shark’s body. Congress later passed the Shark Conservation Act in 2010. All fishermen in U.S. waters were required to bring sharks ashore whole, with fins attached.
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