This week, the Delaware legislature banned the sale, trade, distribution, and possession of shark fins in the state. Now the bill awaits the signature of Governor Jack Markell in order to become law.
Shark finning is done by slicing off a shark’s fins while the animal is still alive, then throwing the body back in to the water. The shark dies of its injuries. With shark populations decreasing sharply worldwide, many species are endangered or threatened and sharks are in need of protection.
Shark finning is illegal in the United States, but shark fin products are not illegal, except in those localities that have passed laws banning the shark fin products. California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, and Illinois have bans. Maryland and New York are in the process of getting the products banned. That only leaves forty-two more states to step up.
To find out more about shark finning or how you can help sharks around the world, check out Oceana’s shark page.
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