New York Senate Fails to Pass Ban on Shark Fin TradeAll Pres
Nombre de messages : 1490
Date d'inscription : 24/09/2011
|Sujet: New York Senate Fails to Pass Ban on Shark Fin TradeAll Pres Ven 29 Juin - 13:25|| |
Oceana Disappointed in Senate Action but Applauds Assembly
June 22, 2012
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NEW YORK – Oceana, the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world’s oceans, was disappointed in the New York Senate’s failure to pass a bill late yesterday that would have banned the sale, trade, distribution and possession of shark fins throughout the state. Although the Senate failed to take action, Oceana applauded the New York Assembly for advancing this shark protection measure.
“While time ran out this year, the widespread support for banning shark fins in New York shows that sharks are worth more in the oceans than in a bowl of soup” said Beth Lowell, campaign director at Oceana. “By reducing the demand for their fins in New York, we could have helped to protect sharks worldwide.”
The passage of this bill would have marked a significant step forward in shark conservation efforts globally, as New York is the largest importer of shark fins on the East Coast. If signed into law, New York would have become the first non-Pacific state to join California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii in the growing national movement to protect sharks. A similar bill in Illinois is awaiting the Governor’s signature.
The bill received overwhelmingly broad support, with 60 bipartisan cosponsors and the support of every Chinese-American legislator in the state. The unsustainable demand for shark fins comes from their use in the Asian delicacy shark fin soup, driving the practice of shark finning, slicing off a shark’s fins and throwing the body back overboard.
Although shark finning is illegal in the United States, there are no federal laws to stop the trade of these fins that are often imported from countries with little or no restrictions on finning. Some shark populations have declined by as much as 99 percent, mostly as a result of unsustainable fishing practices.
Oceana applauds Sen. Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo), Assembly members Alan Maisel (D-Brooklyn), Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) for leading the charge to protect sharks in New York.
For more information about Oceana’s campaign to protect sharks, please click here.
Nombre de messages : 20364
Date d'inscription : 17/05/2007
|Sujet: Re: New York Senate Fails to Pass Ban on Shark Fin TradeAll Pres Mer 5 Juin - 12:17|| |
April 24, 2013
Prohibit the possession, sale, and trade of shark fins
Posted to End Shark FinningApr 24
3,530 SHARESSHARE TWEET INVITE FRIENDS
To: Nick Wiley, Executive Director, Florida Wildlife Commission
We urge you to propose and pass legislation that bans shark finning in Florida to protect sharks from overfishing and extinction. Five states have banned the possession, sale and distribution of shark fins: Hawaii, California, Washington, Illinois, and Oregon. We ask that you take a...
This poor whale shark lost its life for a fin.
My cousin Sarah and I started this petition because we wanted to stop the senseless killing of sharks for their fins. We've taken our campaign to the streets of Florida to build momentum for a statewide ban. We need your support to help us put pressure on leaders to protect one of the most important species in the ocean.
Between 26 million and 73 million sharks are killed annually for their fins and some shark populations have declined by as much as 90 percent as a result, scientists estimate. The fin is often sliced off the living shark, which is then thrown back into the ocean and dies of blood loss or suffocation.  Shark fins are used for soups and medicines but they haven't been proven to have any beneficial effects on people.
"The IUCN Shark Specialist Group considers that shark finning threatens many shark stocks, the stability of marine ecosystems, sustainable traditional fisheries, food security and socio-economically important recreational fisheries".  It's a shame that US currently ranks as the 7th largest exporter of shark fins in the world and as a coastal state, Florida plays a key role in helping stop the shark fin trade.
Sharks are killed regardless of sex, age or size. Since many sharks need 10 years to reach reproductive age, populations are declining rapidly. At this rate, in a few decades, there will be nothing left in the ocean but jellyfish if the killing of this apex predator is not stopped. Please help us eliminate this horrific practice in Florida by signing this petition.
Issues: animals, environment, ocean, shark finning
Location: Florida, United States
Nombre de messages : 20364
Date d'inscription : 17/05/2007
|Sujet: Re: New York Senate Fails to Pass Ban on Shark Fin TradeAll Pres Jeu 18 Juil - 13:47|| |
november 17TH 2010
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Protect Sharks to Protect Our Oceans
Congress has passed the Shark Conservation Act! Click here to thank your Senators and Representatives for keeping their commitment to shark conservation.
shark fins at the dock
Every year, 73 million sharks are caught for their fins to feed the growing worldwide demand for shark fin soup. This has led to drastic declines in shark populations around the world. Some populations have declined by as much as 99 percent in the past 35 years.
Sharks are a vital part of the world's ocean, maintaining a healthy balance. And now, they need your help.
Urge your Senators to support the Shark Conservation Act.
The Shark Conservation Act would require that sharks be landed with their fins still attached, thus solving enforcement issues and facilitating better data collection. It also closes a loophole related to the transfer of fins at sea, which allows bad actors to circumvent the current law. Additionally, the bill allows the U.S. to take actions against countries that have weaker protections for sharks.
Contact your Senators today. The health of the oceans depends on it.
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Tell your Senator that even as this session of Congress winds down, there is still very important unfinished business remaining. It's time to pass the Shark Conservation Act.
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I am writing to urge you to pass the Shark Conservation Act, S. 850 before the end of this congressional session.
The Shark Conservation Act has passed the House, cleared the Senate Commerce committee and is awaiting consideration by the full Senate. This bill would require that sharks be landed with their fins still attached, would close a loophole in existing law and would allow the U.S. to be an international leader in shark conservation.
The growing demand for shark products, especially for shark fins, has led to drastic declines in shark populations around the world. Some populations have declined by as much as 99% in the past 35 years.
Sharks are in trouble and we cannot afford to lose such a vital part of the world's oceans. The time to act is now before the congressional session comes to a close. Please pass the Shark Conservation Act today, our oceans depend upon it.
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