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.
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.
|3851||Wed Nov 06 21:05:20 EST 2013||Vince Mendieta||Austin, TX|
|3850||Wed Nov 06 14:16:55 EST 2013||Gill Turner||Orpington, ot|
|3849||Sun Oct 27 17:32:40 EDT 2013||Carmen Gonzalez||Fajardo, PR|
|3848||Thu Oct 24 15:39:52 EDT 2013||Grace Holden||Arlington, VA|
|3847||Sun Oct 13 17:11:40 EDT 2013||Frida Simms||Alexandria, VA|
|3846||Mon Sep 16 13:04:31 EDT 2013||Marla de Vries||Eibergen, ot|
|3845||Fri Aug 30 13:53:35 EDT 2013||John Sodrel||New Albany, IN|
|3844||Wed Aug 28 21:23:46 EDT 2013||Gregory Esteve||Lake Wales, FL|
|3843||Tue Aug 06 02:59:28 EDT 2013||roxie harrington||holmen, WI|
|3842||Thu Aug 01 07:07:07 EDT 2013||Christine McSweeney||Pakenham, ot|
|3841||Wed Jul 17 12:17:03 EDT 2013||Rebbecca Rens||Harrisville, UT|
|3840||Mon Jul 15 18:18:34 EDT 2013||Anonymous||Arlington, MA|
|3839||Sun Jul 14 02:12:06 EDT 2013||Valentina Prümers||Münster, ot|
|3838||Sun Jun 30 00:09:37 EDT 2013||Susan Milligan||Westminster, CO|
|3837||Tue Jun 25 19:33:39 EDT 2013||Faith Strailey||Quincy, CA|
|3836||Tue Jun 25 04:54:33 EDT 2013||Shellie Ray||Birdsboro, PA|
|3835||Mon Jun 24 14:18:04 EDT 2013||Jena Apgar||Dallas, TX|
|3834||Thu Jun 20 09:01:10 EDT 2013||shirley irwin||dungannon, ot|
|3833||Mon Jun 17 23:04:18 EDT 2013||nelson myers||harrisburg, PA|
|3832||Mon Jun 17 22:35:54 EDT 2013||Louise ward||belleville, NJ|
|3831||Mon Jun 17 15:22:04 EDT 2013||Kelsey Baker||Novato, CA|
|3830||Sun Jun 16 18:32:56 EDT 2013||Matthew Gorman||Burleson, TX|
|3829||Wed Jun 12 13:38:07 EDT 2013||Anonymous||arcadia, CA|
|3828||Tue Jun 11 10:21:42 EDT 2013||Anne Seidel||Nuremberg, ot|
|3827||Sun Jun 09 15:06:02 EDT 2013||Denise Edelson||Woodstock, NY|