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January 28, 2014

Letters on L.B. 921 Needed Now!

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Dear Friend,

We are closer than ever to banning the sale and possession of shark fins in Nebraska, and you have an opportunity to help pass this important piece of legislation!  L.B. 921, introduced by Senator Jeremy Nordquist (Non-partisan – 7), would outlaw the commercialization and ownership of shark fins in Nebraska. It is scheduled to have a hearing in the Judiciary Committee this Friday, January 31, so we need you to speak out now in support of this crucial bill.

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. This bill is relevant to a landlocked state like Nebraska because shark fins are most often used in shark fin soup, an Asian delicacy. Traders and consumers of this dish reside in nearly every state, even far from the coast.

Additionally, a conservation crisis of this scale mandates a widespread response. Shark finning does not threaten just a few sharks, but 73 million sharks each year worldwide. Many of these animals are endangered species.  However, as more states in the U.S. pass bans on shark finning, the threat to shark populations is reduced. All compassionate Nebraska citizens should contact the members of this committee and urge them to vote in favor of L.B. 921 at the hearing.

Thank you for taking a stand against this horrific practice and for working toward a ban on shark fins in Nebraska. 

For the animals,

Kate  

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