UPDATE: The California State Senate just passed this bill -- and now it's headed to Governor Brown's desk for his signature. Send the letter below to Governor Brown and ask him to sign the bill, saving sharks and the oceans by banning the possession, sale, trade and distribution of shark fins.
California has a chance to put an end to the cruel and wasteful practice of shark finning. Even though it’s illegal, sharks are still being hunted solely for their fins, similar to elephants and tusks.
Shark finners capture sharks en masse, remove their fins, and throw the half-butchered animals back into the water, where they sink and die.
Shark extinction is on the horizon as their populations plummet – just in the past 15 years they’ve declined an astounding 89 to 99% off the coast of California. Moreover, the decline in the population of a major predator like this will likely throw the entire ocean ecosystem out of balance.
Urge your state legislator now to vote in favor of AB 376 (Fong), which will save sharks and the oceans by banning the possession, sale, trade and distribution of shark fins.
Though it’s illegal, sharks are still being hunted solely for their fins, similar to elephants and their tusks. Sharks are captured en masse and the bulk of the animal is thrown back into the water where it is cruelly left to sink and die. The result is that extinction is on the horizon – in the past 15 years sharks have declined an astounding 89-99% off the coast of California. The decline in the population of a major predator like this will likely throw the entire ocean ecosystem out of balance.
AB 376 will ensure that California ceases to contribute to the supply and demand for shark fins. Similar bans were recently enacted in Hawaii and in the Northern Mariana Islands. Legislation is also now being considered in Guam, Oregon, and Washington.
Each year, tens of millions of sharks are killed for use in shark fin soup. While the soup has long been a popular entrée because of its association with prestige and privilege, concerned individuals across Asia and in the U.S. have formed shark protection groups to highlight the plight of sharks.
AB 376 will complement the global trend toward shark conservation and reaffirm California’s leadership in shark and ocean protection.
Please sign AB 376.