The Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) applaud the passage of S.793, the Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act of 2017, by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee this morning. S.793 would prohibit the import, export, sale and trade of shark fins. The HSUS and HSLF urge the Majority Leader to schedule the measure for Senate floor action soon.

Shark finning is a cruel and wasteful practice where fins are sliced from often still-living sharks who may then be tossed back into the ocean to die slowly. Shark finning is prohibited in U.S. waters. But there are no prohibitions on the sale of shark fins imported from other places such as China, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

Sara Amundson, senior vice president and executive director of HSLF said, “As a nation, we ban the sale of ivory and rhino horn, and we should do the same with shark fins. An extraordinary number of animals are killed for a single body part, and that’s cruel, wasteful and shameful.”

The HSUS and HSLF expressed their thanks to the bipartisan sponsors of the bill, Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., John McCain, R-Ariz., Gary Peters, D-Mich., James Inhofe, R-Okla., Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii.

A companion House bill, H.R. 1456, introduced by Reps. Ed Royce, R-Calif., and Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, D-Northern Mariana Islands, has nearly 100 cosponsors.

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