October 30, 2013
Letters on HB 3571 needed now!
I alerted you in June to a fantastic bill that would outlaw the commercialization of shark fins in Massachusetts. “An Act relative to ocean ecology and shark protection” was introduced by Representative Jason Lewis (D-31). It is now making progress with a hearing in the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. We need you to ask your state representative to weigh in in support of this bill particularly if he or she is on this committee!
Shark finning is a particularly cruel practice in which people cut the fins off a live shark and discard the body into the water, where the shark inevitably dies. The animals who are cast back suffer slow, painful deaths by drowning or blood loss. Shark finning threatens an estimated 73 million sharks every year worldwide, and many of these animals are members of species at considerable risk.
The hearing is on November 6, so it’s time to speak up in favor of this important legislation! Contact your representative to urge them to express their support of the bill, and then be sure to call or email chairs of the committee, Marc Pacheco and Anne Gobi.
Thank you for taking a stand against this horrific practice and working toward a ban on shark fin sales in Massachusetts.
For the animals,
P.S. See the Boston Globe's coverage of recent international developments in shark finning here.
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