Stop the Sale, Posession and Trade of Shark Fin in New York State
  • Petitioned Department of Environmental Conservation

This petition was delivered to:

Department of Environmental Conservation
Governor of New York State
Andrew M. Cuomo Governor of New York State
New York Governor
New York State Senate
New York State House
New York-092
State Rep. Thomas Abinanti
New York-022
State Rep. Michaelle Solages
New York
Gov. Andrew Cuomo
New York-059
State Rep. Alan Maisel
New York-067
State Rep. Linda Rosenthal
New York-037
State Sen. George Latimer

Stop the Sale, Posession and Trade of Shark Fin in New York State

    1. Bethany Ordonez
    2. Petition by

      Bethany Ordonez

      Ossining, NY

6/5/12: Bill passes NYS Environmental Conservation Committee floor!


3/15/2012:  Winning is within our reach!!! See this article:


Over 73 Million Sharks are killed annually for their fins.
Shark finning refers to cutting off the fin of a shark and discarding the body at sea. The shark is often still alive when it is thrown back into the water. It is unable to swim, suffers a slow death. Ninety-five percent of the animal is wasted.
Shark finning takes place at sea; fishers only have the fins to transport, and thus have no need for refrigeration.
Any shark is taken—regardless of age, size, or species

Shark finning violates the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries as more than 95% of the Shark is wasted
Shark finning is contrary to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s International Plan for the Conservation and Management of Sharks
The United Nations Convention on the Trade of Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES) lists the whale shark, basking shark, and great white shark as species that could become threatened if trade is not controlled


Recent signatures


    1. Shark Fin passes through NYS Environmental Committee

      Bethany Ordonez
      Petition Organizer

      The more people we get to sign, the better the chances of the bill passing the senate floor!! Don't give up!

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Luree Dell-Bryan SHAWNIGAN LAKE, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Disgusting and cruel!

    • Sheila Mahon NY, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      No cruelty for greed

    • Sarah Frias-Torres FORT PIERCE, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      In addition to violating the United Nation's responsible fishing, and international conservation treaties, allowing the trafficking and sale of shark products endangers people due to the high levels of heavy metals present in sharks. Therefore, if you don't stop the sale, possession and trade of shark fins in New York State, you are poisoning people.

    • Charles Ray SAN BERNARDINO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      We know who speaks for humanity and the laws of the land...but who speaks for the life of these creatures? They are silent; we can speak for them.

    • Astrid Rodrigues MARKGRöNINGEN, DE
      • over 2 years ago

      to rescue the oceans


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