Sending Office: Honorable Peter T. King
Tomorrow, we will be voting on the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act (H.R. 737) under a suspension of the rules. I am a proud co-sponsor of this legislation and through the leadership of Reps. Sablan and McCaul, this bill has gained bipartisan support from
287 members. It has long been past time that this horrific trade end, so I strongly urge a YES vote on the bill.
While federal law already bans shark finning in American waters, the United States, unfortunately, continues to serve as both an end market and transit point for shark fins obtained from countries with little to no regulation on this atrocious practice.
This legislation would serve to end this by banning the buying and selling of shark fins throughout the United States. Since so many of the species targeted by this trade mature slowly and produce relatively few offspring, this practice only serves to make
a sickening amount of species vulnerable to further endangerment, if not extinction.
The demand for shark fin, which leads to the deaths of up to 73 million sharks a year, is akin to the revolting demand for rhino horn and elephant ivory. The United States, at the behest of Congress, has been a leader in halting the trade of rhino horn and
elephant ivory and it has long been time the United States and Congress take the lead in ending shark finning.
I ask that you follow New York and 11 other states in banning the trade of shark fins. Please vote YES in support of H.R. 737, the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act.
PETER T. KING
Member of Congress
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