Support CA Assembly Bill 376, ban the sale and possession of shark fins.
  • Petitioned CA State Senator Ted Lieu

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CA State Senator Ted Lieu

Support CA Assembly Bill 376, ban the sale and possession of shark fins.

    1. Petition by

      Marta Evry

      Venice, CA

Approximately 73 million sharks per year are killed to provide fins for shark fin soup, a luxury popular in the Cantonese community. The soup can sell for upwards of $100 a bowl.

The vast majority of fins are obtained using the barbaric practice of landing the shark, cutting off the fins and releasing the mutilated live shark back into the ocean to die. As a result, many nations, including the United States, have banned the practice of shark finning in federal waters, but the laws have been largely ineffective because shark finning is legal in many other parts of the world, and the economic incentive to poach is enormous.

Recently, the states of Hawaii, Oregon and Washington banned the sale of shark fin products. The logic was similar to the successful approach to reduce the poaching of elephants for their tusks. By eliminating the demand for the valued body part from vulnerable species, populations have the opportunity to rebound in the wild.

This year, California Assemblymen Paul Fong and Jared Huffman introduced a similar bill, AB 376, in our state. The bill passed, 65-8, with bipartisan support in the Assembly but has hit rough waters in the Senate.

State Senator Ted Lieu does not support the bill, claiming a ban on shark fins unfairly targets Chinese-American cultural heritage. Instead, he's proposed watering down the bill by just banning fishing for sharks off California or banning the sale of all shark products.

Both of these ideas may sound positive on first blush, but they are either unenforceable or do not address the problem. Law enforcement does not have the ability to determine which fins are obtained in foreign waters. Banning the sale of all shark products in California would face stiff opposition by the recreational and commercial fishing lobby in Sacramento and scuttle the bill.

Californians are the No. 1 consumers of shark fin soup outside of Asia, and our state is a significant entry point for fins trafficked to Asia. A state bill that specifically targets the sales of shark fins will have the greatest impact on helping critical shark populations recover.

Tell Ted Lieu to support CA Assembly Bill 376 as proposed, and end the wasteful and cruel slaughter of sharks.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Crucial Shark Fin Ban Vote This Thursday - ALL HANDS ON DECK

      Marta Evry
      Petition Organizer

      We need your help one more time! Nearly a 1,000 of you signed our petition in support of AB-376. Your voice was heard! Now we need you to ask another undecided Senator, Curren Price, to vote yes on Thursday so the bill can make it out of committee!

    2. #AB376 vote postponed until August 25

      Marta Evry
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for signing our petition to Ted Lieu, asking him to support #AB376, the bill to ban shark fins in CA. The Senate committee vote was postponed for August 25. Stay tuned for more updates on what you can do to help get the bill passed!

    3. Vote on AB 376 Delayed

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      The Senate Appropriations Committee delayed the vote on AB 376 for 10 days. It will now be taken up on August 24th and 25th. Use this extra time to voice your support for the ban on the sale of shark fin!

    4. Reached 750 signatures
    5. Bo Derek Supports Shark Fin Ban

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Actress Bo Derek showed up at the state Capitol today in support of AB 376, the bill to ban the sale of shark fins in California. She referred to shark finning as "a global environmental crisis."

    6. Reached 500 signatures
    7. Wow! TWO hundred of you have signed the petition to support AB-376

      Marta Evry
      Petition Organizer

      In less than 12 hours, two hundred of Ted Lieu's constituents have signed the petition urging him to support a ban on shark fins in California.

      My goal is 500 by Monday. Please pass this petition on to family and friends. Keep the momentum going!

    8. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Andrea Lubeck MONTREAL, CANADA
      • about 3 years ago

      I love sharks. GO VEGAN!

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    • Charlotte Indira SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE
      • about 3 years ago

      It is contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer and die needlessly.”—Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 2418

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    • Gi'anna cavelo SAN DIEGO, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      This poor baby is just gonna drown now. No fins, no can swim. sad:(

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    • Arlene Patoray PARAMUS, NJ
      • about 3 years ago

      We can't keep killing sharks just for soup.

      The ecosystem of the ocean is more important.

      Just because something was done it the past,

      that doesn't necessarily make something that should be continued in the future. Time to get our priorities straight.

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    • Deborah Boomhower ALBANY, NY
      • about 3 years ago

      This is a very cruel practice. We need to ban all shark fin products including shark fin soup in the United States.

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