The Ocean Conservancy is asking for your help in stopping the wasteful and inhumane practice of shark finning — slicing off a shark’s valuable fins for soup and tossing the shark back into the sea to suffer a slow death.
The Ocean Conservancy is asking you to urge your senators to pass the Shark Conservation Act of 2009 right now.
The bill, which already passed in the House of Representatives last March, is needed to end the practice of shark finning in US waters and to step up shark conservation efforts in other countries. The US 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, an Asian delicacy. Continue reading