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Senate Closes Loophole in Shark Fin Ban

Written by PETA | December 21, 2010

The U.S. banned “finning“—a practice in which fishers cut the fins off sharks and dump the still-living animals overboard to die a slow, agonizing death—back in 2000, but the ban only extended to the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Now, a decade later, the Senate has finally voted to extend the ban to the Pacific

Disappointingly, the bill does not ban the sale of shark fins in the U.S., which means that restaurants can still sell the deadly “delicacy” and thereby continue to fund the mutilation of sharks in less protected waters.

The bill now heads to the House, which has already passed similar legislation. Keep your fingers crossed that these “lame ducks” will rally to the rescue of maimed sharks in the waning days of their last session.

If pigs had fins, would the Senate throw them a lifeline too?

Written by Alisa Mullins

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  • Annie says:

    Its really important to mention that apparently sharks fins dont actually taste of anything! Chefs have to add all sorts to season and bring flavour to the dish. Unbelievable!

  • PETA says:

    @maxocampo – Thanks for your comment. A quick search online found this petition that targets a company that distributes shark fins. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/400/108/473/

  • maxocampo says:

    Is there a petition to the government to put laws in place to prohibit the sale of shark fin products?

  • David Matt says:

    its disgusting when you see shark’s fin soup or dimsum. its totally an overkill bec in that delicacy there’s meat already and then that, so people should be very aware of what they are putting in their mouths(plus conscience) and what these animals(not just sharks) went thru, so humans can sleep every night with a full happy greedy stomachs.