June 14, 2016
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo signs bill banning sale of shark fins
The Humane Society of the United States applauds passage of new law protecting sharks
Gov. Gina Raimondo signed a measure into law that bans the sale, possession and trade of shark fins in Rhode Island. Sponsored by Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski and Rep. K. Joseph Shekarchi, the bill, S. 2676/H.7440, is designed to help global shark populations recover. Nicole Paquette, vice president of wildlife protection at The Humane Society of the United States released the following statement:
“We thank the members of the legislature for their unwavering efforts to stand up for sharks. The passage of this measure ensures that the Ocean State is now part of the solution to help end the global shark fin trade and the cruel practice of shark finning worldwide.”
Ten other states have passed laws banning the sale of shark fins, including California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington.
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