Each year 73 million sharks are killed for their fins, mostly to make shark fin soup. One-third of open ocean sharks are threatened with extinction.
Last year, President Obama signed the Shark Conservation Act into law. The Shark Conservation Act requires that sharks must be landed with fins attached in all U.S. waters, and prohibits the transfer of shark fins at sea.
The Shark Conservation Act does not go far enough. Until the sale and distribution of shark fins are banned, sharks will be killed for their fins.
Please ask President Obama to join California, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon and Guam to ban the sale, trade and possession of shark fins in the United States.
Cutting fins off sharks and throwing their bodies back into the water so the sharks suffer and die is wrong. The ocean needs sharks. People can eat other soup.
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