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Key Vote Tuesday In Calif. On Shark Finning Bill


Aired 6/28/11

Legislation to ban the sale, possession or trade of shark fins in California is up for a vote Tuesday in a state senate committee.

The Calif. state Assembly has already approved AB 376.

Hundreds of shark fins on the deck of a boat.
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Above: Hundreds of shark fins on the deck of a boat.

But before the full Senate can consider the bill, it must be passed out of the Senate Natural Resources Committee.

Jessica Lass with the Natural Resources Defense Council said getting the needed votes may come down to one or two votes.

"It looks like we just need one more vote particularly from Senator Padilla in Los Angeles and we're really kind of pushing him to make the right decision on this," said Lass.

Lass said the legislation would also ban the distribution of shark fins, which are used for soup.

"Millions, up to 73 million sharks are killed every year just for their fins," said Lass. "And there's a pretty lucrative trade within the U.S."

Lass said Washington state and Hawaii have recently passed similar legislation.

Dozens of actors and other celebrities have been active in their support of the California legislation.

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Sabrina | June 27, 2011 at 3:26 p.m. ― 5 years, 9 months ago

It is so important that people actually give their Senators a call and voice their opinions on this, if it is going to make it through the Senate. There's a great resource on Facebook here: which explains how to find which Senator to get in touch with depending on where you live. I did it, and it took less than five minutes. If you want to protect these animals from unnecessary brutalization, a phone call is one of the most effective ways to register your opinion! Go for it!

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HarryStreet | June 28, 2011 at 4:26 p.m. ― 5 years, 9 months ago

I suppose we'll have to let the ocean die before we learn shark-finning needs to be stopped. Our race (the human race) simply doesn't get it until all too often it's too late.

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