End "Finning" -- Save the Sharks!

The wasteful practice of finning -- slicing off a shark's valuable fins for soup and tossing the body back to sea -- must be stopped. The situation is grim for a growing number of shark populations who are in peril from overfishing and unsustainable finning -- we must do better.

The U.S. passed a national finning ban in 2000, but the practice continues and is still legal in many other nations. The demand for the fins -- which can sell for up to hundreds of dollars per pound -- remains high for shark fin soup, a delicacy.

The Shark Conservation Act of 2009 closes loopholes in the U.S. finning ban and can revitalize shark conservation efforts on a global scale. It must be passed without further delay. Please join us in sending a powerful message to your senators to end finning and save the sharks!
I urge you to vote "YES" on S. 850, The Shark Conservation Act of 2009.

By closing loopholes in the Shark Finning Prohibition Act of 2000, this bill will help put an end to the wasteful practice of "finning" -- slicing off a shark's valuable fins for soup and tossing the body back to sea -- and ensure the U.S. is a leader in shark conservation.

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We urge the Senate to pass this important bill and thereby ensure that the U.S. finning ban is the world's best and a model for other countries.
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