June 22, 2015
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Signs Bill to Ban Sale of Shark Fins
Texas is the 10th state to prohibit the sale, trade, purchase and transportation of shark fins. H.B 1579, introduced by Rep. Eddie Lucio III, D-District 38, will ensure that Texas no longer participates in the trade in shark fins and will halt the state’s contribution to the global decline of shark species. Katie Jarl, Texas state director for The Humane Society of the United States issued the following statement:
“Gov. Abbott’s signature on this legislation makes Texas a true leader in shark conservation since the Lone Star State is now the first along the Gulf Coast to take meaningful action to protect our sharks. We are grateful to the overwhelming number of Texas legislators that voted in favor of this bill and for our House champion, Rep. Eddie Lucio III.”
Rep. Lucio said: "Shark finning is not only an inhumane and illegal act, but it also puts the sustainability of our marine ecosystem at stake. This law will prevent profiting from this heinous practice, and I want to thank to members of the legislature and Gov. Abbott for understanding the critical role that sharks place in our ecosystem."
Similar legislation has been enacted in California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Oregon and Washington, as well as in the three U.S. Pacific territories of Guam, American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands.
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