Support California's shark fin ban. Save California's Sharks
Help us urge California’s State Assemblymembers to pass AB 376 to save CA’s sharks.
California's AB 376, which would make it unlawful for any person to possess, sell, offer for sale, trade or distribute a shark fin, passed the California Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife by a vote of 12-0. Now it is time for the Assembly floor to vote on the bill, and from there on to the Senate. Help us urge Assemblymembers to pass this important legislation. It only takes a minute to sign the petition to save California’s Sharks.
Dear California State Assemblymembers,
I am writing to support protection of global shark populations by banning the possession, sale, trade and distribution of shark fins in California through AB 376.
In recent decades, some shark populations have decreased by more than 90%. Each year, tens of millions of sharks are killed for their fins, mostly to fulfill the demand for shark fin soup. Removing sharks from ocean ecosystems can destabilize the ocean food web and even lead to declines in populations of other species, including commercially-caught fish and shellfish species lower in the food web. Many shark populations have declined to levels where they are now unable to perform their roles as top predators in the ecosystem.
While shark finning is illegal in the U.S., consumption of shark fin soup in California contributes to shark finning in other parts of the world, a practice that is driving numerous shark populations to the brink of extinction.
This bill will reduce pressure on shark populations globally by ending the demand for shark fins in California. I strongly urge the Assembly to pass this important legislation.