Ban the sale, possession, or distribution of shark fins.
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Ban the sale, possession, or distribution of shark fins.

    1. Rebecca Chapman
    2. Petition by

      Rebecca Chapman

      Orlando, FL

Sharks are apex predators (top of the food chain) and have been forming the oceans for over 400 million years. They have been around since before the dinosaurs and play a critical role in the balance of life in Earth's oceans. When the apex predator is removed from the food chain, the rest of the food chain is disrupted. Healthy oceans need sharks and humans need healthy oceans, therefore humans need sharks in the oceans. 73,000,000 sharks per year are killed for their fins and they can't reproduce fast enough. Some shark species populations have declined as much as 90% due to inability to keep up with the demand. Further, shark fin soup was used for Chinese emperors and the super wealthy as a status symbol because at the time sharks were difficult to catch. This has transformed into a custom that many of the Chinese people no longer see as relevant. Research has shown that shark fins and meat has high levels of mercury and possibly other toxins. It is also tasteless and the soup the fin is found in is flavored with chicken stock.

We have less than a decade before we are in serious trouble due to the slaughter and possible extinction of our ocean's top predators. Please sign this petition!!!

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    • William ellis CLEVELAND, OH
      • 2 months ago

      sharks are my passion and the shark finning industry needs to be put to rest

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    • Cynthia Lopez HIALEAH, FL
      • 3 months ago

      sharks are beautiful creatures and i want to protect these animals. i would love to study sharks but you cant really do that if they are being wipe-out for soup left and right.

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    • Simone Thienhaus CAPE TOWN, IL
      • 5 months ago

      This is disgusting, how can we as humans try and destroy all of our beautiful creatures one by one. Disgusting. We should stop this cruelty in the world. What is wrong with us that we must harm such amazing, beautiful animals? Lets stop all of this evilness now!! While we cans still save our animals!

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    • Hayden Dupire ENID, OK
      • 5 months ago

      Sharks in the USA have mostly bean situated in Florida stop killing these poor guys and leave them alone

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    • Rachelle Maki PORT SALERNO, FL
      • 6 months ago

      I am a wildlife biologist with a passion for wild animals. I am starting a shark conservation organization to help sharks, called Shark Love. Sharks being slaughtered at an alarming rate and for the value of there fin is outrageous. While government officials sit back and allow these apex predators to be killed all the while knowing that it is hurting the ecosystem of our oceans. Something has to be done.

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