Millions of sharks are killed for their fins every year. The United States banned the practice in 2000, but loopholes have allowed some fisherman to continue to support the practice.
Some species of sharks are threatened with diminishing populations. This wasteful and horrific practice should not continue anywhere near the U.S., and we need to make our opposition to the practice clear to the rest of the world.
The Shark Conservation Act of 2009, S. 850, closes a loophole that allows boats to transport sharks that have been obtained illegally. This bill would make it illegal to transport shark fins to the U.S. at all.
Please ask your Senators to support The Shark Conservation Act today.
I am writing in support of S. 850: The Shark Conservation Act of 2009. I am proud to live in a country that would support The Shark Finning Prohibition Act of 2000, but it unfortunately has many loopholes that need to be addressed.
The Shark Conservation Act of 2009 would close a loophole that allows vessels to transport shark fins into the U.S. It also makes a statement to countries who continue to practice shark finning.
Sharks are a vital part of our ocean ecosystems, and we cannot afford to let these populations dwindle, especially with such a brutal and wasteful practice.
I urge you to support S. 850, The Shark Conservation Act of 2009. Thank you for your time.
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