Millions of sharks are being slaughtered every year for the sale and trade of shark fins. The sharks are often brutally or illegally killed, their fins are cut from their bodies while they are still alive and dumped back into the ocean, left to drown.
New York is the leading importer of shark fins on the East coast and one of the largest markets for shark fins outside Asia. Several dozen restaurants and banquet halls sell shark fin soup in New York City alone. As a New Yorker and Chinese-American, I’m appalled at the killing of millions of these beautiful animals, putting their entire species at risk of extinction for a status symbol. Our oceans are vital to our health, and at the rate at which we are emptying them, there soon may be nothing left. These animals deserve a chance to exist and need our protection!
New York is a cultural epicenter -- it sets the tone for popular culture for America and the rest of the world. It’s time for New York to set an example for the rest of our country and ban the sale and trade of shark fins now.
The West coast states have already banned trade in shark fins. It’s high time New York joined California and the other states in the shark fin ban, and I’m working with Greenpeace and The Humane Society of the United States to enact this shark fin ban now.
Tell New York Legislators to ban the sale and trade of shark fins now!
The entire West Coast -- California, Washington, Oregon, and Hawaii -- and the U.S. territories Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands have already enacted bans on the shark fin trade. New York should not be a haven for the cruel, wasteful, and unsustainable trade in shark fins.
Tens of millions of sharks are killed every year -- they have their fins sliced off and are tossed back into the ocean to suffer a painful death -- to meet the global demand for the shark fin trade.
S.6431/A.7707a will end New York's contribution to the dire collapse of shark populations worldwide. The global trade in shark fins is highly unregulated. Shark fins sold in New York can easily come from a multitude of countries that have weak or no shark finning regulations or shark fishing management.
Please support the bipartisan S.6431/A.7707a to protect sharks and oceans.
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