Tell Congress: Ban the Trade of Shark Fins in the U.S.

Fins from up to 73 million sharks end up in the global fin trade every year.  Although shark finning is illegal in U.S. waters, fins can still be bought and sold throughout most of the United States. However, there is good news for sharks on the horizon. Congress is currently negotiating a bill that would not only ban the buying and selling of shark fins in the United States, but also improve enforcement of the current U.S. finning ban, reinforce the status of the United States as a leader in shark conservation, and bring the world closer to ending the devastating trade in shark fins. 

Both the Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives have passed the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act through the United States Innovation and Competition Act (S. 1260) in the Senate and the America COMPETES Act (H.R. 4521) in the House. But the work isn't done yet. Before this bill can be signed into law, Congress must negotiate a final version for President Biden to sign. That’s where you come in.  We must act now to ban the buying and selling of shark fins in the United States and protect sharks and our oceans. 

Tell your representatives in Congress to support the shark fin provisions of the Bipartisan Innovation Act (S. 1260/H.R. 4521). Please feel free to edit the petition text below, then fill out your info on the right to submit your letter.

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