|Photo: Rodolphe Holler/Tahiti Private Expeditions|
The ban in Washington follows similar bans in Hawaii, Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam. Shark fin legislation is also being considered in California and Oregon.
Up to 73 million sharks are killed each year for their fins and one third of all species are threatened or near threatened with extinction. Shark fin bans reduce the demand and supply of shark fins to the global trade, and result in fewer sharks being killed.
Thank you to everyone who provided testimony and congratulations to all involved, especially our partners at Humane Society International.