Target: President Obama
Goal: Eliminate the cruel practice of shark finning, whereby sharks’ fins are cut off while still alive and are left to suffocate
With California becoming the fifth state in America to ban the trade, possession, and sale of shark fins, it’s time for the United States to get on board and create a federal law banning these practices. Shark finning needlessly slaughters thousands of sharks every year, many of which are already endangered. Sharks carry an important load in the ecosystem, and the federal government must do what it can to protect them.
Often times the practice of shark finning includes catching a shark, cutting off its fins while still alive, and then throwing them back into the ocean. From there, those live and now disabled sharks often suffocate to death due to their inability to swim properly. These merciless attacks are not limited to plentiful species. According to a study documented by the Washington Post, “some of the [shark fin] soup purchased in 14 major U.S. cities featured fins from imperiled species — including scalloped hammerheads, smooth hammerheads, school sharks and spiny dogfish.” America needs to stop contributing to the slaughtering of sharks, and instead be a force for their protection before it is too late.
Shark fin soup is a worldwide delicacy, and its popularity has widely contributed to the global market for sharks. While it may seem that a simple American ban will not solve the problem for sharks, this action by the US could set an important example for the rest of the world and open their eyes to shark conservation. By instilling this ban, America will hopefully be the first of many countries to stop shark finning, and greatly assist in the survival of sharks.
Dear President Obama,
Recently, California became the fifth state in the United States to ban the sale, trade, and possession of shark fins. I would like to urge you to consider making this a federal law. The process of shark finning is gruesome indeed, and never humane for the sharks. Of all the shark species in the world, about one-third of them are endangered, and I believe America should work not to destroy them, but to protect them.
Sharks have an important part in the ecosystem, and if humans cause their extinction through their harmful practices, the ocean could be thrown off-balance forever. America has a responsibility to be a leader to the rest of the world, and I encourage you to consider shark conservation as a priority. Ban the sale, trade, and possession of shark fins in the United States, and take important action to protect the global population of sharks.
[Your Name Here]