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State shark fin trade bans threatened

The sale of shark fins is banned in eight U.S. states, but these bans are in danger. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently challenged state shark fin bans with proposed regulations that could overrule existing bans, in the belief that they might restrict a U.S. fisherman’s ability to legally catch a shark and sell the fins later.

But in reality, state trade bans do not reduce fishing opportunities but DO reduce the demand for shark fins. Each year, international shark finners slaughter as many as 73 million sharks for shark fin soup. State bans reduce the demand for shark fins in the U.S., having already reduced shark fin imports by 68%.

NOAA is expected to finalize their rule soon. Please write today to show passionate support for existing and future laws banning the trade of shark fins.

Let's tell the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to stop interfering with state shark fin bans.

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