Target: Texas State Legislature
Goal: Ban the cruel practice of shark finning
Shark finning is the process in which the fins are removed and the remainders of the shark are thrown back into the sea like trash. The fins are used for trade purposes, mostly around the Gulf of Mexico. Cutting the fins off of sharks causes extreme pain to sharks and is severely decreasing their population. Shark finning needs to be banned before sharks become extinct.
Although shark finning is banned in international waters, there are many parts of Texas where the practice is unregulated. This leads to the fins entering our country and being traded. Scientists have estimated that over 99% of Oceanic Whitetip Sharks and 90% of Silky Sharks are now gone from the Gulf of Mexico because of the finning. These species will be sure to become extinct in very little time.
Shark finning is an inhumane practice that needs to be stopped. The many species of sharks in our oceans are at risk if this disgusting practice continues. We could soon see the extinction of this important creature, which would forever change the ecosystem of the ocean. Sign the petition below to oppose shark finning and to ask Texas Legislature to ban the shark fin trade.
Dear Texas Legislature,
The process of shark finning is inhumane and torturous. It leaves sharks completely wounded and in excruciating pain. If the practice continues, our many species of sharks could become extinct which would forever change the balance of our oceans.
Although it is banned in international waters, it remains unregulated in your state. This causes the fins to enter our country and be traded from within our boundaries. By turning the other cheek in this case, we are harming our country and the sharks that are in our waters.
We are asking you to please ban the shark fin trade. We will see the extinction of these beautiful creatures if the continue to be mutilated. There is no significant reason for them to have their fins cut off and we have no right to take that away from them. Please ban shark finning.
[Your Name Here]
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