09 Sep '11, 3pm

#California only one step away from banning sale of shark fins - tell Governor Brown to sign the bill into law #sharks

#California only one step away from banning sale of shark fins - tell Governor Brown to sign the bill into law #sharks

A press release from Oceana states, "Oceana applauds the Senate for taking action to halt California's contribution to the global decline of shark species. Assemblymember Fong (D- Mountain View) and Assemblymember Huffman (D- San Rafael), the bill authors, deserve special recognition for bringing this issue to the forefront and for their unwavering commitment to protecting the ocean's apex predator." The bill would follow similar laws enacted in Hawaii, Oregon and Washington state, and help strengthen the existing federal laws banning shark finning. While the practice is illegal, the sale of fins is not. This bill would help address the problem from both the angles of supply and of demand. Each year, humans kill somewhere between 73 million and 100 million sharks -- the numbers are imprecise because oversight of the trade is vague in places. The fishing of sharks has been ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/09/california-senat-...

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