Born Free USA position: SUPPORT
Description: SB 340 bans the sale and trade of shark fins, with a few minor exceptions for FDA-approved rugs and fins possessed prior to Sept. 2, 2012. Pennsylvania residents would still be allowed to posses shark fins obtained legally out of state.
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.
What you can do: Call or e-mail your legislators and ask them to support SB 340 for the above reasons.
Read the bill's text here.
Note: The text and status of Pennsylvania bills is also available at www.legis.state.pa.us/index.cfm.