Kerry Legislation Pushes End to Shark Finning
Yesterday, Sen. John Kerry introduced the Shark Conservation Act of 2008 to reduce shark finning and preserve marine ecosystems.
"Shark finning fueled by the fin trade has led to serious population decline and a disruption of natural ecosystems. The Shark Finning Prohibition Act hasn't gotten the job done. We need much stronger solutions."
In the face of increasing exploitative shark finning practices, scalloped hammerhead, white, and thresher sharks have each declined an estimated 75% in the past 15 years. Sen. Kerry's act strengthens the provisions of the Shark Finning Prohibition Act of 2000 by closing a loophole for shark fin transport and strengthening enforcement measures to ensure sharks are transported with their fins attached. Companion legislation passed Tuesday afternoon in the House.