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  • ENDANGERED SPECIES TRAFFICKING
  • ELEPHANT, RHINOCEROS & TIGER PARTS TRADE
  • SHARK FINNING
Winning Issue » SHARK FINNING


Worldwide, over one quarter of all shark species are threatened or endangered by unsustainable fishing methods. Each year, over 70 million sharks are killed for their fins, cartilage, meat and liver oil. When finning, fishermen cut off its Dorsal fin and throw the living shark back into the sea to face a cruel and wasteful death. Since sharks mature slowly, have slow reproductive rates and produce few offspring, they are highly vulnerable to extinction. Much of the shark’s demise is due to the demand for shark fin soup, an Asian delicacy served in restaurants worldwide. Bycatch, the taking of a non-targeted fish by commercial fisheries, also accounts for many shark deaths - and their continuing decline. Although, shark finning is illegal in U.S. waters, fins can still be imported from countries where finning is allowed and sold here. This policy not only increases the demand for the soup, but fuels an illegal fin market here because it’s difficult to tell the difference between an imported fin and an illegal one taken in U.S. waters.

Pending Legislation: S.1106 - Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act of 2021
Sponsor: Sen. Cory Booker (NJ)
Status: Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Chair: Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA)



Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current shark finning policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Leader Charles Schumer (NY).
  • I support making it illegal to possess, buy, sell, or transport shark fins or any product containing shark fins; allowing a person to possess a shark fin that was lawfully taken consistent with a license or permit; providing the maximum civil penalty for each violation to be $100,000, or the fair market value of the shark fins involved, whichever is greater, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.


Winning Option

  • I support making it illegal to possess, buy, sell, or transport shark fins or any product containing shark fins; allowing a person to possess a shark fin that was lawfully taken consistent with a license or permit; providing the maximum civil penalty for each violation to be $100,000, or the fair market value of the shark fins involved, whichever is greater, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
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Pledge Period - Opening Date
September 19, 2022
Pledge Period - Closing Date
September 25, 2022
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September 26, 2022


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