Target: United States Trade Representative Michael Froman
Goal: Ensure the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact includes strong provisions against killing sharks for their fins
Overseas special interests are trying to kill provisions of the Trans Pacific Partnership that would obligate partner members to conserve shark populations and deter shark finning activities. Urge Trade Representative Michael Froman to stand up to these special interests, protect fragile shark populations, and stop the practice of shark finning.
The practice of shark finning involves catching sharks, removing all of their fins while they are still alive, then throwing the sharks back into the ocean to drown or bleed to death. The fins have no nutritional or medicinal value and are nearly flavorless, but demand is high, as shark fin soup is a status symbol in some countries. This is putting pressure on shark populations worldwide. In fact, it is estimated that 88 to 100 million sharks are killed every year to supply demand for shark fins. At the current rate of killing, sharks could be extinct in 10 to 20 years.
Shark finning has been illegal in all U.S. waters since 2000. Strong conservation measures in the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact would require that member countries also adopt stances against shark finning and work toward shark conservation. But powerful foreign special interests are trying to remove this important provision from the pact. Urge United States Trade Representative Michael Froman to stand up to the special interests and keep shark conservation as part of the trade pact.
Dear Mr. Froman,
Shark finning kills an estimated 88 to 100 million sharks every year by removing their fins and throwing them back into the ocean to either drown or bleed to death. At current rates, these apex predators could be extinct in 10 to 20 years. The United States has strong anti-shark finning laws, and the current Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact includes strong shark conservation and anti-finning measures that must be adopted by all member countries.
Powerful foreign special interests are trying to change that and remove these needed protections for sharks from the trade pact. Sharks impact all levels of the ocean ecosystem and the systems collapse when they are removed. Money interests are strong, but the effects of shark finning are devastating. Mr. Froman, I urge you to stand up to the special interests that will keep senselessly slaughtering these amazing creatures and ensure that the final version of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact includes strong shark conservation measures.
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