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Federal Shark Fin Ban

Please be part of the urgent and collective voice to pass a Federal Shark Fin ban to close loopholes exploited by poachers

The unsustainable shark fin practice in the United States must end. The patchwork of state fin ban laws are not adequate.

Ask U.S. leaders to pass the federal Shark Fin Ban bill, which will close the final loopholes. 13 states; 3 U.S. territories have passed a Shark Fin Ban, and now we must act to finish these closures and federally protect our ocean’s sharks. This bill’s passage would be a big step forward and make the United States a leader in shark conservation.

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Let’s FIN-ish the Job!

We are SO CLOSE to having a federal shark fin ban in the United States.

Tell our elected officials to make this happen!

UPDATE: The ban has passed in BOTH the Senate and the House. Now we just need a consensus on a combined bill

  • The Shark Fin Ban passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on February  4, 2022 as part of the America Competes Act! 
  • The Shark Fin Ban Bill previously passed in thee Senate on Oceans Day – June 8, 2021 as part of the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (S.1260).
  • The Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act (previously S. 1106) was recently added to S. 1260, the Endless Frontiers Act.
  • The Endless Frontiers Act was, in turn, added to the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act which passed the Senate on June 8th!

The America COMPETES Act of 2022 (H.R. 4521) now goes to a conference committee made up of both U.S. House and Senate members to work out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the similar bills. During this process, some pieces may be eliminated, so your voice on the Shark Fin Sales Elimination piece of both bills is crucial. 

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please contact your U.S. Congressional member of the House of Representatives and your U.S. Senators today to voice your support for the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act to be included in the final bill today! Asking your member to do so will close the final loopholes that exist among the current patchwork of 13 states and 3 territories that have already banned shark finning. The bill would also be a big step forward in making the United States a leader in shark conservation.

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