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US Friends, Let’s Help Sharks Keep Their Fins

July 24, 2013


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Let’s Help Sharks Keep Their Fins

Please join with us in opposing a federal move to weaken state laws that protect sharks from being slaughtered for their fins.

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is attempting to override state and territorial laws that provide much-needed protections for sharks. California, Delaware, Hawaiʻi, Illinois, Maryland, Oregon, Washington state, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands all have enacted laws to ban trade in shark fins.

In a misguided effort, NMFS is implementing the Shark Conservation Act of 2010 to preempt these important state laws. Earthjustice lawyers are helping the conservation community to oppose NMFS, but we need your voice too.

The shark fin trade is a chief cause of the decline in shark populations worldwide. Shark populations around the globe have declined by as much as 90 percent from historic levels. Those declines have become even more rapid as demand for shark fins has increased. Decimating shark populations isn’t just bad for sharks; it’s bad for ocean ecosystems. As top predators, sharks are critical to maintaining healthy ecosystems such as coral reefs.

This is why Congress passed the Shark Conservation Act of 2010 in order to prevent shark finning and restore dwindling shark populations. Regulations by the states and territories to protect sharks are consistent with that intent and not in conflict with federal law.

Please tell NMFS not to undermine state and territorial laws that protect sharks by banning trade in shark fins.

Take Action Today: Make your voice heard! To send your letter, enter your information and click on the “Submit Comment” button.

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Want to do more?  Please click HERE to sign more urgent petitions regarding shark finning.  The sharks need your help.  Please participate!

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water’s edge,
your world ends,
our world begins.
we are sharks
and we want
our fins!!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

16 Comments leave one →
  1. lori moak-kean permalink
    July 24, 2013 11:27 am

    signed! here’s a link for people to learn more ~
    and, here are more petitions to sign regarding stopping shark finning:


  2. July 24, 2013 12:05 pm

    Great one. I will do this. Cheers!


  3. July 24, 2013 2:03 pm

    Thanks for the information Stacy! Sign the petition.


  4. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    July 24, 2013 2:18 pm

    water’s edge,
    your world ends,
    our world begins.
    we are sharks
    and we want
    our fins!!!!


  5. July 24, 2013 2:44 pm

    Great poem Karen! Thanks for posting this Stacey I hate finning of sharks! Signed petition and shared in several places thanks again


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