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Sponsor(s): Assm. Alan Maisel (D-59) and Sen. Mark Grisanti (R-60)

A.1769/S.1711 Prohibits Shark Fin Trade [2013]

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Update: This bill passed and was signed into law by the governor on 7/19/13.

Description: AB 1769 would ban the trade and sale of shark fins, except in the case of trade and sale of whole sharks.

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 a keystone 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.

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