To: US President Barack Obama, US Senate, US House Of Represenatives

Ban The Sale Of Shark Fins Inside The United States

Ban The Sale Of Shark Fins Inside The United States

Dear Mr. President,

Please ban the sale of shark fins inside the US and its territories in order to save the oceans and humanity.

Sincerely, The Undersigned

Why is this important?

Humans every year kill 100 million sharks and for what?

Shark Fins - For a tasteless bowl of soup

Shark Teeth - For Jewlery

Shark Jaws - For Tourists

Shark Cartilage - For Phony Cancer Cures In The Form Of Pills

Shark Liver Oil - For Cosmetic Products

100 million sharks are killed each year by longlining, sport fishermen,or by a cruel practice of shark finning. Hooked sharks are hauled onto boats; their fins are sliced off while they are still alive. These helpless animals are then tossed back into the ocean where, unable to swim without their fins, they sink towards the bottom and die an agonizing death.

With 90% of the world's large shark populations already wiped out, sharks are being depleted faster than they can reproduce. This threatens the stability of marine ecosystems around the world. Sharks are vitally important apex predators. They have shaped marine life in the oceans for over 400 million years and are essential to the health of the planet, and ultimately to the survival of mankind.

Shark Finnning Facts

Shark finning takes place at sea so the fishers have only the fins to transport. Shark meat is considered low value and therefore not worth the cost of transporting the bulky shark bodies to market.

Any shark is taken-regardless of age, size, or species

Longlines, used in shark finning operations, are the most significant cause of losses in shark populations worldwide.

Shark finning is widespread, and largely unmanaged and unmonitored.

Shark finning has increased over the past decade due to the increasing demand for shark fins (for shark fin soup and traditional cures), improved fishing technology, and improved market economics.

Shark specialists estimate that 100 million sharks are killed for their fins, annually.

One pound of dried shark fin can retail for $300 or more. It's a multi-billion dollar industry.

Impacts of Shark Finning

Loss and devastation of shark populations around the world. Experts estimate that within a decade, most species of sharks will be lost because of longlining.

Unsustainable fishery. The massive quantity of sharks harvested and lack of selection deplete shark populations faster than their reproductive abilities can replenish populations.

Threatens the stability of marine ecosystems.

Loss of sharks as a food staple for many developing countries.

Local waters are invaded by large industrial, foreign fishing vessels that threaten traditional sustainable fisheries.

Threatens socio-economically important recreational fisheries.

Obstructs the collection of species-specific data that are essential for monitoring catches and implementing sustainable fisheries management.

Wasteful of protein and other shark-based products. Up to 99 per cent of the shark is thrown away.

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