Success: Texas Bans Shark Finning


Target: Representative of Texas, Eddie Lucio III

Goal: Praise Texas’ ban on the sale and purchase of shark fins.

Texas has become the 10th state in the union to ban the sale and purchase of shark fins. Shark fins are used in shark fin soup, but its demand has caused a huge drop in shark populations. ForceChange recently published a petition about this topic, and we’re pleased to hear that a ban is now in place. Praise the state’s decision on this matter by signing this petition.

The bill banning the sale and purchase of shark fins was sponsored by Representative Eddie Lucio III, and it will go into effect July 1, 2016. Representative Lucio tells the Humane Society of the United States that “shark finning is an inhumane act banned on the Federal level, but we have to make sure Texas is not encouraging that illegal act by restricting what can be done with those fins.” Indeed, the practice is severely inhumane. One of the ways that shark fins are acquired involves capturing the shark, cutting off its dorsal fin, and then releasing it back into the waters. Sharks often die from this process.

Texas will be joining states such as California, Oregon, Washington, and Maryland that also have a shark fin ban in place. In the past five years, Texas has experienced a 240 percent increase in the shark fin trade. It has become the first gulf state to implement this ban, and hopefully it will curb the amount of sharks killed for their fins. These creatures are important in creating a sustainable ecosystem in the ocean and it’s a relief to know that Americans are recognizing their value. Sign this petition and praise Representative Eddie Lucio III for sponsoring this bill.


Dear Eddie Lucio III,

Recently, the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, signed a bill that you sponsored. This bill would ban the sale and purchase of shark fins in the state of Texas. I would like to congratulate you on this success, as sharks are unfortunately disappearing from our waters thanks to this cruel practice of shark finning. The demand of shark fin soup has led to a significant drop in shark populations, but I hope this new law will protect these creatures from being hunted.

Sharks are vital to the ocean’s ecosystems. They are considered one of the top predators of the sea. Humans should learn to respect their presence in the ocean, and this respect begins by ensuring that these sharks are not mauled for their fins. I want to thank you once again for sponsoring this bill, and I hope Americans will see immediate results.


[Your Name Here]

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