Born Free USA position: SUPPORT
Bill description: HB 1159 bans the possession, sale, offering for sale, trading or distribution of shark fins, with certain exceptions for licensees and restaurants.
Background: Shark finning is the gruesome practice of cutting a shark’s fins while it is still alive. The shark is then tossed back into the water to slowly bleed to death or drown. One cannot effectively protect sharks without eliminating the market for shark fins. As ka eystone species, sharks play a significant role in the ocean ecosystem. Because they reach sexual maturity late in life and typically birth small litters, sharks are particularly susceptible to overfishing. This bill is an important step forward for the protection of sharks and the ocean ecosystem.
What you can do: Call or e-mail your legislators and ask them to support HB1159 for the above reasons.
Read the bill text here.