Congressman Gregorio Sablan, D-Northern Mariana Islands, has once again demonstrated his leadership by introducing a bill, this time with Congressman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, to ban the sale of shark fins throughout the country. This mirrors a ban that the Northern Mariana Islands enacted in 2011.
Shark populations worldwide are in danger; some populations have declined by up to 90 percent in recent decades. This is due in large part to the booming global market for shark fins—the key ingredient in shark fin soup. Many of these fins are obtained through the cruel practice known as finning: slicing the fins off a live shark, then discarding the mutilated animal to drown, bleed to death, or be eaten alive by other fish.
By removing the U.S. from this destructive transnational trade, the bill will result in fewer sharks killed. I am extremely grateful to Congressman Sablan for his commitment to marine wildlife.
President, Humane Society Legislative Fund