SIGN THE FINFREE PETITION | It’s Time to Ban the Shark Fin Trade!
Sharks – the apex predators of the oceans – have survived 400 million years of evolution, yet many species may face extinction within our lifetime.
Up to 100 million sharks are being killed every year.
Most often shark bodies are discarded and only their fins are kept to be used in Shark Fin Soup – a delicacy in some Chinese restaurants. Over hunting of the world’s largest fish has caused severe declines among many shark species, including the iconic Great White Shark.
Currently a third of shark species are threatened with extinction, and some populations have plummeted by over 90%.
The global Fin Free movement to ban shark fin is gaining momentum. In China, the government has banned Shark Fin Soup at all official state banquets. In the U.S. several states to date (including California, Oregon, Hawaii, and New York), have introduced state-wide bans on shark fins, with more states in the process of introducing shark fin bans.
Sharks are essential to the health of our oceans. As apex predators, sharks maintain a critical balance in the ocean.
When sharks are eliminated, disastrous effects have been documented further down the food chain, including the collapse of commercial fisheries and the degradation of coral reefs. If sharks were to become extinct, this would have massive unintended consequences for our ocean ecosystems worldwide. Life in the ocean is connected to life on land, and in effect, all life on Earth.
Time is running out for the world’s shark populations.
Please sign and share the petition to tell our leaders take a big step in preserving the world’s vital oceans by banning the sale and distribution of shark fins and shark fin products nationwide.
FinFree | United Conservationists, Inc. is a U.S. based 501(C)3 nonprofit organization
For more ways to help sharks swim free around the world visit www.finfree.org