Support CA Assembly Bill 376, ban the sale and possession of shark fins.
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Hon. Curren Price,
Approximately 73 million sharks per year are killed to provide fins for shark fin soup, a luxury popular in the Cantonese community. The soup can sell for upwards of $100 a bowl.
The vast majority of fins are obtained using the barbaric practice of landing the shark, cutting off the fins and releasing the mutilated live shark back into the ocean to die. As a result, many nations, including the United States, have banned the practice of shark finning in federal waters, but the laws have been largely ineffective because shark finning is legal in many other parts of the world, the economic incentive to poach is enormous, and fin traders are getting around the law by finning sharks on land when they reach the docks – the bodies of the sharks left to rot, be discarded or ground into fish food.
Recently, the states of Hawaii, Oregon and Washington and other places banned the sale of shark fin products. The logic was similar to the successful approach to reduce the poaching of elephants for their tusks. By eliminating the demand for the valued body part from vulnerable species, populations have the opportunity to rebound in the wild.
California is now considering AB 376, legislation that will end our state’s participation in the destructive shark fin trade. The bill has enjoyed broad, bipartisan support so far in the process and needs your leadership in the Senate.
Californians are the No. 1 consumers of shark fin soup outside of Asia, and traders use our ports and border to traffic fins to Asia. A state bill that specifically targets the sales of shark fins will have the greatest impact on helping critical shark populations recover.
Senator Price, please support CA Assembly Bill 376 as proposed, and end the wasteful and cruel slaughter of sharks.
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