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Anti-shark finning bill passes Senate

December 21, 2010

Yeah try and take this guy's fin. Good idea.

The not-so-lame-duck Senate passed the Shark Conservation Act today which aims to stop shark finning. We know Harry the Hammerhead Shark will be happy about this.

Finning, in case you don’t know, is when a shark’s dorsal fin is cut off and the shark is thrown back into the ocean where it inevitably dies. Which totally sucks. Fins are used in shark fin soup, which is popular in China, and as souvenirs. The practice of finning has severely hurt the shark population, with an estimated 1.2 million pounds of shark being caught in the Pacific last year.

The bill, authored by Senator John Kerry, closes a loophole that allowed shark finning to continue off the West Coast. The bill will “require all vessels to land sharks with fins attached and would prevent non-fishing vessels from transporting fins without their carcasses.” This would put an end to the wasteful practice of finning and allow better regulation.

The bill still needs to pass in the House, but similar legislation has already been passed there, and backers hope they’ll have time to pass the measure before the year is out. Here’s something I never thought I’d say. The Senate: getting shit done.

-Susan

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