Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act Reintroduced in Congress

Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act Reintroduced in Congress

Good news! On April 22, 2021, Representatives Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (D- MP) and Michael McCaul (R-TX) reintroduced the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act. A previous version of this bill passed the House of Representatives in November of 2019 with a 310-107 majority. Unfortunately, the companion bill, introduced by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Shelly […]

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The Terrifying Truth: Our Future is Tied to the Future of Sharks

The Terrifying Truth: Our Future is Tied to the Future of Sharks

Mention the word “shark” to most people, and they will most likely think of a cruel, bloodthirsty monster along the lines of those portrayed in “Jaws” or the “Sharknado” series. When the word “shark” is used to describe a human, it carries negative connotations of deceitfulness and cunning. We seem to have developed an idea […]

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Petition: Reintroduce Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act

Petition: Reintroduce Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act

Most people, even animal lovers, are pretty scared of sharks. Most depictions and coverage of sharks suggests that they are violent, dangerous creatures. However, sharks actually have reason to be way more afraid of humans. A significantly greater number of sharks are killed by humans every year than humans killed by sharks (I’m talking hundreds […]

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Efforts to tackle shark fin trade need to focus closer to shore, study says

Efforts to tackle shark fin trade need to focus closer to shore, study says

A hunger for shark fin soup — a brothy, gelatinous dish that’s considered a delicacy in East Asia — is responsible for the deaths of about 73 million sharks each year. It was previously believed that many of these sharks were being caught in international waters, beyond the authority of any individual country, but a […]

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Shark fin trafficking ring busted as trade ban comes into effect in Florida

Shark fin trafficking ring busted as trade ban comes into effect in Florida

U.S. authorities say they’ve broken up a conspiracy to traffic shark fins in and out of Florida by a company based in California, where their sale and export is banned by law. In an indictment released Sept. 4 by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia, prosecutors allege that 12 people took […]

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Sharks nearby? A bottle of seawater can hold the answer, study says

Sharks nearby? A bottle of seawater can hold the answer, study says

Two liters of seawater, or about half a gallon. That’s all that’s needed to detect the presence of sharks in the ocean, according to a new study. A group of researchers from Florida International University (FIU), New College of Florida and Havenworth Coastal Conservation recently teamed up to develop a new method of detecting the […]

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Win! House Passes Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act

Win! House Passes Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act

On November 20, the House of Representatives passed the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act. The bill aims to make it illegal to sell, buy or possess shark fins or any product containing shark fins, except for certain dogfish fins. The bill was led by Representatives Gregorio Sablan and Michael McCaul. A previous law protected the […]

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Canada becomes first G7 country to ban shark fin imports

Canada becomes first G7 country to ban shark fin imports

It was on a family visit to Hong Kong that Kristyn Wong-Tam noticed her uncle – a well-regarded chef – was the only person at the table not touching a bowl of shark fin soup. When he explained how fins are hacked from struggling sharks, before their bodies are tossed back into the water, the […]

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