Tens of millions of sharks are killed each year for their fins, considered a delicacy in some cuisines. The Humane Society of the United States, Oceana and a host of other animal rights groups have sought to ban this practice, calling it inhumane and unsustainable. Sign this petition to tell the governors of Florida, Massachusetts and New York to support a shark fin ban in their state.
I am disturbed by the continuing availability of shark fin soup at restaurants and markets in your state. According to the Humane Society of the United States, Oceana, and myriad other animal rights organizations, the process of shark finning is cruel and could result in depletion of endangered shark species. Additionally, the shark fin itself is largely flavorless and may be unhealthy to consume due to its high content of mercury and other neurotoxins.
Several U.S. states, including California, Hawaii and Oregon, have already banned the sale of dishes that include shark fin, and President Obama has signed the Shark Conservation Act, which prohibits U.S. fishermen from practicing shark finning.
Bills to ban the sale and distribution of shark fins have generally received strong bipartisan support. I am confident that if you demand results from your state legislature, a shark fin ban will not be difficult to implement.
Thank you for your attention to this important matter.
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About The Petition:
Shark fin soup has been considered a delicacy in many Chinese cuisines dating back to the Ming Dynasty of the 15th and 16th centuries. A symbol of wealth and status, it's often served at weddings, banquets or other celebrations.
In past years, however, the practice of shark finning has come under scrutiny from animal rights organizations, as it involves violently removing the fin and then dumping the shark, often still alive, back into the ocean. The process is not only inhumane, but can be detrimental to shark populations due to overfishing.
Though President Obama signed the Shark Conservation Act in 2011, and bans have already been implemented in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington, shark fins are still legal to serve in much of the United States. Signing this petition will support the organizations looking to end the practice of shark finning.
We've received nearly 2,000 signatures to this petition in just a few hours -- amazing response to this issue! Since you've all helped us massively exceed our expectations, we're going to be upping our goal to 5,000 signatures for this petition. Thank you so much for lending your efforts to end shark finning!