According to a news report, “Each year, tens of millions of sharks are killed for their fins, mostly to make shark fin soup. In this wasteful and cruel practice, a shark’s fins are sliced off while at sea and the remainder of the animal is thrown back into the water to die.”
The article states further, “Hawaii and Guam have passed similar measures. Proposed measures are being considered in Oregon and California.”
Shark finning is illegal in the United States; however, shark fins are being imported into this country. By banning the trade, Washington state effectively closes the issue.
Take Action: Washington state residents, write a letter of thanks to your legislators and the governor. Residents of others states where shark fin soup is a delicacy, send polite letters to your legislators asking them to ban the trade of shark fins in your state.
The Honorable Chris Gregoire
Office of the Governor
PO Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504-0002
Tele. No.: 360-902-4111
Fax No.: 360-753-4110