On Tuesday evening, the New York State Senate passed a bill that will ban the sale, trade, distribution and possession of shark fins throughout the state.
The bill now goes to the NY Assembly. Oceana is encouraging the Assembly to “follow the Senate’s footsteps,” in order to help protect sharks worldwide. If it’s passed by the Assembly, the bill will continue to the Governor who must sign it within ten days.
Shark finning is illegal in the U.S., but there are no federal laws regarding the sale or trade of shark fin products. So far, the only other states to ban the sale/trade of shark fins include California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii and Illinois.
According to Oceana, NY is the largest importer of shark fins on the East Coast. With the passage of this bill, NY will become one of the first East Coast states to join the national shark protection movement along with Maryland where a similar bill is awaiting the Governor’s signature.
“The widespread support for a ban on the shark fin trade shows that sharks are worth more in the oceans than in a bowl of soup.” said Beth Lowell, campaign director at Oceana.
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