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Ban the Sale and Possession of Shark fins in New York
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New York Government

Ban the Sale and Possession of Shark fins in New York

    1. Catherine DeGroot
    2. Petition by

      Catherine DeGroot

      Wantagh, NY

July 2013


Catherine DeGroot: After this issue has grabbed attention from so many voices across New York state for shark conservation. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has officially made the shark fin trade illegal for New York state. The ban will take total effect in 2015 making New York state one of the first east coast state to ban the shark fin trade.

For many decades the state of New York has prided itself of containing the capital of the world New York City, and it's not a surprise that it contains a vast amount of Chinese resturants and a Chinatown. However, what's also not surprising is that most Chinese resturants in and outside Chinatown serve a dish that's destroying our oceans, shark fin soup.

Data has revealed that today there are 90% less sharks than there were in 1970 due to this industry, and over 70 million sharks are killed every year just for this soup. It's also amazing about the kind of shark's fins that can be so easily used for this soup, such as the fins of a great white shark, or even a scalloped hammerhead. Aside from the fact that using only the fins wastes over 95% of the shark, many people who have had the soup, says the fin tastes of literally nothing while the fins themselves contain little to no nutritional value, high levels of mercury, and in more recent studies a dangerous neurotoxin linked with Alzheimer's, ALS, and Parkinson's disease. However, the way the sharks are killed is what gets most people to stop eating this dish. When harvesting shark fins, the animal has its fins cut off while it's still alive only to have its body thrown back into the water where it dies a slow and painful death. It's by far one of the worst forms of animal cruelty in existence. In fact this dish is so cruel and has contributed to depleting the shark population so much it's been banned in states with surprisingly high Asian American populations. The dish has been banned in California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington. While regions and cities in Canada such as Toronto have also banned the dish, and the EU is planning to enforce a ban on finning. While over in Asia, Hong Kong's famous Peninsula Hotel, the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Disneyland, and the Shanghai hotels in China have stopped serving and have banned this dish from their locations all together, and more recently the Chinese government is planning to ban the dish at official state banquets. More information even reveals that Chinese youth be it mainland born or heritage no longer consider the dish to be a part of their culture. Even more data reveals that New York might become the first Eastern State to ban the shark fin trade yet I want to see that become a reality sooner. Because the sooner the trade is banned and the sooner this dish is no longer eaten the sooner we can save all shark species and prevent a third of all shark species from becoming extinct. And everyone here please take the pledge to help out, if a Chinese resturant, or Chinese wedding serves shark fin soup don't go there, tell your friends family, and even some strangers to do the same.

Recent signatures


    1. New York has banned the trade

      Catherine DeGroot
      Petition Organizer

      Today, is a victory for shark lovers of New York, recently Gov. Cuomo has officially banned the shark fin trade which will take effect in 2015.

      No (Shark Fin) Soup For You! Gov. Cuomo Outlaws Taking Of Shark Fins

      BY Glenn Blain To the delight of animal-rights activists, Gov. Cuomo on Friday announced that he had signed legislation making it illegal it illegal to possess, sell, or distribute a shark fin in New York State. New York becomes the seventh state to take such action, which is intended to help stem the devastation of shark populations around the globe.

    2. Delaware bans the trade

      Catherine DeGroot
      Petition Organizer
      A Big Move for a Small State -- Delaware Bans Shark Fins

      Delaware may be tiny in terms of its size, but in terms of its bold action for ocean conservation and the protection of the apex predators that sustain our marine resources Delaware is a giant. This week Governor Jack Markell of Delaware made history by signing his state's House Bill 41, which prohibits the sale, trade, possession and distribution of shark fins within state borders.

    3. New York Approaches Shark fin Ban

      Catherine DeGroot
      Petition Organizer
      New York Takes One Step Closer to Banning Shark Fin Soup

      Imagine your morning commute. You're riding the train when, suddenly, a guy jumps you and takes off your arms and legs. "See ya," he says, walking away with your limbs under his arm. "Have a nice day." That's sort of what it's like to be a shark that's been "finned"-- harvested for its chewy appendages, then left to sink to the ocean floor.

    4. Shark Fin Soup becoming Less Popular at Weddings in Hong Kong and in Canada

      Catherine DeGroot
      Petition Organizer

      Last month, Brides in Hong Kong are now saying, "I don't" to the Chinese dish that's traditionally served at weddings, Shark Fin Soup. The couple in this picture instead had bird's nest soup, and even in Canada, people of Asian decent are going fin free.


      Hong Kong brides say 'I don't' to shark fin soup - World - CBC News

      Meagan Fitzpatrick Hong Kong bureau A growing number of brides in Hong Kong are vowing to have weddings without shark fin soup on the menu, and the trend is helping to change attitudes toward a long-held tradition in Chinese culture.

    5. Calagry Canada facing challenges on ban

      Catherine DeGroot
      Petition Organizer


      Calagry is set on becoming the next city to ban shark fin soup, unfortunately some Chinese groups are opposing the ban. However, if this ban passes it will show everyone living in that city be it Chinese or not, that shark fins are banned for a reason.

      Chinese group fights Calgary shark fin ban - Calgary - CBC News

      A group representing Chinese community members in Calgary has presented a report to city council about the possible effects of a shark fin ban. City council has passed first reading of a bylaw that would ban shark fin soup in Calgary. The Coalition for Transparent and Accountable Governance represents 53 Chinatown-based non-profit groups and businesses.

    6. Reached 750 signatures
    7. New York Bans imports from China but not the trade

      Catherine DeGroot
      Petition Organizer

      This is a positive step for New York to ban imports from China unfortunately I feel this isn't enough. We need to make sure that this trade is banned period.

      Protests and bans are turning shark fin soup into an endangered species

      By Erik Crouch Shark Fin soup via @avlxyz http://www.flickr.com/photos/avlxyz/96718000/ This has been a bad year for shark fin soup. In July, China announced that it would prohibit the dish at all state banquets, and American states New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and several others have banned its import from China.

    8. Mores Luxury Hotels in China Banning Shark Fin

      Catherine DeGroot
      Petition Organizer
      More luxury hotels take shark fin off their menu|Society|chinadaily.com.cn

      More luxury hotels take shark fin off their menu Updated: 2012-12-17 03:09 By Chen Hong in Shenzhen (China Daily) Volunteers call for refusing to eat shark fin in Shanghai on Dec 9. [Photo/Xinhua] About 6 percent of luxury hotels in three major Chinese cities have stopped serving shark fin, a survey has found.

    9. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • toma dafne ITALY
      • about 1 year ago

      assurdo........ nessun essere senziente merita di soffrire

    • SharkFinFree NYC NEW YORK, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      Hi all,

      As a concerned diver, conservationist and leader of the NY Finfree campaign, I will be travelling to Albany (NY's State Capital) with your signatures to lobby for the New York State shark fin ban A.1769a/S.1711a which has been reintroduced in the senate and house! With luck and perseverance, we can influence New York to join the West Coast and governments around the globe who are realizing that action is necessary to protect sharks and the livelihoods of the millions who depend on sharks for tourism revenue, robust ecosystems and healthy fisheries.

      Keep following and retweeting @SharkFinFreeNYC , @SharkAngels, @SharkSavers and @ HumaneSociety to remain engaged. If you are from NY, you can take action right now at http://www.sharkangels.com/index.php/media/news/275-nyfinfree

      Here's to making NY #finfree and #savingsharks!

      Many thanks,


    • Nicholas Mucerino STATEN ISLAND, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      I am a shark enthusiast and I find it appalling that they are treated so horribly by human beings.

    • Mayuran Sivakumar MANHATTAN, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      I want to save the sharks

    • fernando fung BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      Sharks limit and control regular fish population, which avoids the over consumption of plankton, which is essential to many other sea creatures.


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