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Petitioning New York State House and 2 others

New York: Ban the Sale and Trade of Shark Fins!

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!

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