Update 6/8/2021: The U.S. Senate passed the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act (SFSEA) as part of a broader legislative package, the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, S. 1260. The U.S. House of Representatives is now considering S. 1260, and leaders from both chambers will negotiate the content of a final joint package. The House has shown strong support for the SFSEA, so we are hopeful the text will stay in the package through the negotiation process. But we still need your help to get the SFSEA over the finish line! It’s critical that your Representative hear from you that you support this important legislation to protect sharks!
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% in recent decades.
The Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act will help reduce this trade by prohibiting the commercial trade 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 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. Look up your Representative's phone number. You can simply say, "Please support the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act, H.R. 2811, to stop the trade of shark fins in the United States."
After making your call, please use the form below to send a follow-up message. Be sure to edit your message so it stands out.