Ban the Trade of Shark Fins In Rhode Island, Vermont and New Jersey

UPDATE: Victory! On June 20th 2015 Texas became the 10th state to ban the trade of shark fin. 

Sharks keep our oceans healthy and our existence depends on theirs. Despite this, between 26 and 73 million sharks are killed each year for their fins and they are now facing human-driven extinction. We are at risk of losing a species that help balance the entire ecosystems in the world's oceans. The sale, trade, distribution, and possession of shark fins remains legal in most parts of the U.S. Currently, only 9 US states ban the trade of shark fins: Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, California, Illinois, Maryland, Delaware, New York, and Massachusetts. And New Jersey is very close. In collaboration with Oceana, Humane Society of the U.S. and Humane Society International, we are working on bans in new states starting with Rhode Island and Vermont.

Bills in several states have already been introduced: Bill H122 in Vermont, Bill S0257 in New Jersey and H5477 in Rhode Island. 

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