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Support the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act

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Although sharks have existed for over 400 million years, in recent decades, many populations have faced steep declines due to exploitation. Their slow reproductive rates make them extremely vulnerable to extinction. Each year, fins from up to 73 million sharks enter the global market. Approximately 50 million sharks die annually as bycatch in unregulated fisheries. Sharks are inhumanly finned alive. They are brought aboard fishing vessels where their fins are sliced off, then they are thrown back into the sea to suffocate, bleed to death, or be eaten by other animals. The commercial value of shark fins is high compared to the meat, so by keeping only the fins, fishing vessels can take more sharks on a single voyage, making the hunting ruthlessly efficient. By signing today, you can show your support for the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act of 2017 and its sponsors, Senator Cory Booker and Senator Shelley Capito. 



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