Shark populations are in crisis due to the global trade in shark fins. Every year, fins from as many as 73 million sharks are traded throughout the world to satisfy the hunger for shark fin soup.
To provide these fins, fishermen often engage in shark finning—a horrific practice in which they cut off sharks' fins, then toss the mutilated animals back into the ocean where they drown, bleed to death, or are eaten alive by other fish. The shark fin trade has also played a major role in the steep decline of shark species worldwide, some populations of which have dropped by as much as 90 percent in recent decades.
The Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act, H.R. 737 and S. 877, will help reduce this trade by prohibiting the import, export, possession, trade and distribution of shark fins and products containing shark fins—saving these animals from a devastating fate.
Although shark finning is prohibited in U.S. waters, the country still has a bustling market for shark fins. Consumers in most states can buy them, and we are one of the world's top importers of shark fins as well as a transit point for international shark fin shipments. That means the United States contributes to shark finning and dwindling shark populations elsewhere in the world.
Please make a brief, polite phone call to your U.S. Representative and your two U.S. Senators. Look up your legislators' phone numbers. You can simply say, "Please support H.R. 737 and S. 877 to stop the trade of shark fins in the United States."
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