Stop Maryland's Shark Fin Trade

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3/25/13 This petition is now closed. We delivered over 600 signatures to Maryland legislators!

The demand for shark fins is driving some shark species to extinction. Tens of millions of sharks are caught each year for their fins, and in some places these sharks are finned alive, a brutal practice in which a shark’s fins are hacked off at sea, and the animal is thrown overboard to die. Shark finning is banned in the United States, but it's still happening around the world and some of those fins end up in Maryland.

The Maryland House and Senate are about to vote on a bill that would ban the trade of shark fins within the state. Sharks are vital to the health of the oceans, and the worldwide shark fin trade is killing them. Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington and Illinois have already passed similar bans – now let's have Maryland lead the charge on the East Coast. Sign TODAY to support the shark fin trade ban HB 1148/SB 592.