Let Sharks Live! Stop the Shark Fin Trade in Texas

The continuing practice of shark finning, which is the inhumane practice of removing the fins and discarding the remainder of the shark back into the sea, is having a devastating effect on shark species around the world. Shark finning results in tens of millions of sharks a year being killed for their fins alone. Over one-third of all oceanic shark species are threatened with extinction as a result of shark finning.

Scientists estimate that 99% of Oceanic Whitetip Sharks and 90% of Silky Sharks are now gone from the Gulf of Mexico because sharks are being poached just for their fins from State waters and throughout the Gulf to supply the shark fin trade. Apex predators such as sharks play a critical role in maintaining healthy, balanced ecosystems - something that is necessary for the long term survival of our own species.

Take action below to stop shark fin trade in Texas!

Texas resident? Click here to send a message directly to your elected Legislative representatives! Together with six other states that have already passed legislation to ban shark fin trade, Texans can slow the global practice of shark finning and work to ensure the responsible conservation and management of sharks.

The undersigned strongly support the two bills in the Texas Legislature to prohibit the sale, trade, purchase and transportation of shark fins in Texas (House Bill 852 and Senate Bill 572). The market for shark fins in Texas fuels the cruel and wasteful practice of shark finning, which is banned in the waters off of the United States but occurs virtually unregulated in many parts of Texas. Shark fin trade in Texas results in shark fins entering the United States and being sold across the country, which we strongly oppose.

We want Texas to become the sixth state to pass legislation to ban the shark fin trade, joining California, Hawaii, Illinois, Oregon and Washington as well as in the U.S. Pacific territories of Guam, American Samoa and the Marianna Islands to restrict the cruel and wasteful practice of shark finning.

Shark finning is the inhumane practice of removing the fins from a live, captured shark and discarding the remainder of the shark back into the sea. This practice is responsible for killing tens of millions of sharks each year around the world. Sharks are a top predator and vital to ecosystem health in all ocean basins. Finning is having a devastating effect on shark species around the world.

Shark fins have no significant nutritional value and are considered unhealthy for human consumption due to the accumulation of high levels of mercury and other toxins in fins and flesh.

The undersigned supporters urge the entire Texas Legislature to support S.B. 572 & H.B. 852 for the ban on the possession, sale and consumption of shark fins in the State of Texas.
Sincerely,
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3854 Thu Mar 20 08:02:22 EDT 2014 Dr. Colleen Drew Sydney, ot
3853 Mon Feb 03 06:38:10 EST 2014 Anton Chan Orlando, FL
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3851 Wed Nov 06 21:05:20 EST 2013 Vince Mendieta Austin, TX
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