9/11/09: Mutilated Sharks – Fin Soup’s Main Ingredient
Finning is the process of cutting off the fins of a shark and discarding the
body at sea. Photo – “Shark Finning,” added by Chanica at
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Honorable Senators, Representative, and Dr. Lubchenco:
I understand the Shark Conservation Act of 2009 (H.R. 81) has been referred
to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation after its
passage in the House on March 3, 2009. I hope this bill moves quickly so
that a ban on the amputation of shark fins is enforced.
Until fishermen stop severing fins and dumping mutilated sharks at sea, many
species — including hammerheads and makos — remain vulnerable to
extinction. Please support the Shark Conservation Act (H.R. 81), which
mandates that sharks be landed with their fins naturally intact.
H.R. 81 amends the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act and
the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to close a
loophole that let boats transfer illegally acquired fins as long as sharks
weren’t butchered aboard the same boat.
An estimated 73 million sharks are killed annually. In most cases, their
fins alone are sold for shark fin soup, an Asian delicacy. Though “finning”
was outlawed in all U.S. waters in 2000, negligent fishing practices
continue to hinder enforcement.
Finning is just plain cruel. Fishermen haul living sharks on to decks, slice
off their fins, and toss them back to bleed to death or become defenseless
prey at sea. It is time to end this crime against nature and promote
conservation worldwide. Please do everything possible to ensure that the
Shark Conservation Act passes into law.
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Finned Silver Tip Shark: http://www.year-of-the-shark-2009.org/sharks.html
Shark Conservation Act of 2009 (Passed in House; Referred to Senate Committee)
Shark Conservation Act of 2009
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