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Sleek, powerful and endlessly fascinating, sharks have roamed the oceans for millions of years.

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The New Jersey Senate has passed a bill to ban the trade, sale and distribution of shark fin products. The bipartisan state legislation, S.2057, was introduced under the leadership of Sen. Raymond Lesniak and Sen. Kip Bateman and passed out of the full senate by a vote of 28-10. The bill must now...

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On a longline fishing boat off the Galapagos Islands, a concerned biologist working undercover as a cook films a horrifying scene. As the camera rolls, a blue shark is dragged upside down out of the water, a sharp hook piercing it through the roof of the mouth and out through the side of the face...

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Michael Sharp

WASHINGTON—The Shark Free Marina Initiative released statistics showing that recreational fishing of sharks in the U.S. has contributed to the devastating decline in shark populations worldwide. Up to 73 million sharks are killed worldwide each year in commercial fisheries, mostly for their fins...

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The Humane Society Legislative Fund and the Humane Society of the United States 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...

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WASHINGTON - The Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act (H.R. 737) passed the U.S. House of Representatives today by a vote of 310 v 107. This critical bill, led by Reps. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, D-Northern Mariana Islands, and Michael McCaul, R-Texas, prohibits the commercial trade of shark fins...

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A Texas lawmaker introduced a bill that would prohibit the sale, trade, purchase and transportation of shark fins in the state. H.B 1579 introduced by Rep. Eddie Lucio III (D-District 38), would ensure that Texas no longer participates in the trade in shark fins and would halt the state’s...

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Shark being filmed for the movie Sharkwater Extinction

Rob Stewart was 9 the first time he came face-to-face with a shark. While he was snorkeling along a reef in the Caribbean, the shark swam into view and quickly reversed direction. The encounter lasted mere seconds, but it changed Stewart’s perception of the oft-misunderstood predator. “For me, that...

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By Emily Smith

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed a law prohibiting the sale and trade of shark fins, making it the 14th U.S. state to enact legislation to limit or ban the trade. “With the Governor’s signature, New Jersey has been removed from the global shark fin trade market and sends a clear signal...

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SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, the Humane Society of the United States and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation delivered letters to Senate and House sponsors in strong support of the Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act of 2016. Signed by SeaWorld President and CEO Joel Manby, HSUS President and CEO Wayne...

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Mom and baby elephant walking together in the wild

Seven years ago, Minnesota attorney Jack Fay went to Kenya to meet the orphaned baby elephant he had been “fostering” through online donations. The HSUS state council member waited at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, on the edge of Nairobi, as Naipoki’s keepers brought her back from a day in the forest...

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by Karen E. Lange

Together, we are making the ocean safer for those who call it home.

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Illustration showing tiger selfie attraction

When Sharon Young visited manatees in a warm spring off Florida’s Homosassa River in the late 1990s, she followed the guide’s instructions: Observe and don’t approach or get in the manatees’ way. Like most of us, Young—who now works as the HSUS marine wildlife protection field director—is fascinated...

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by Ruthanne Johnson

Fish are aquatic animals who live in diverse habitats.

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New Jersey State Sen. Raymond Lesniak, D-Union, was a recipient of the 2016 TAFA Humane Legislator Award at a ceremony held during the Taking Action For Animals national conference in Arlington, Virginia, on Saturday. The award, given by the Humane Society of the United States, recognizes Lesniak...

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Save Endangered Animals Oregon has announced a new political committee organized to qualify for a ballot initiative to prohibit the sale of products and parts from elephants, rhinos, lions, pangolins, sea turtles, sharks and other threatened species. The measure is designed to save these species...

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Sensitive, intelligent elephants are the world’s largest land mammal (by weight) and a living link to long-extinct species like the woolly mammoth.

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Combine a bulbous snout with a prominent jaw, a body like a beer keg set on four stubby legs, and you have a hippopotamus.

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One of the largest living land mammals, rhinoceroses once shared the earth with saber-toothed cats and the earliest humanlike apes.

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Animal advocates across Hawaii are celebrating the close of a successful legislative year with the passage of seven new animal protection laws. Most notably, during the first year of the 2021-2022 session, Hawaii prohibited the sale of cosmetics produced as a result of animal testing, an unnecessary...

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