Monday, June 27, 2011

Key Vote on AB 376 this Tuesday

California continues to creep closer and closer towards passing a shark fin ban. AB 376 has already been passed by the California State Assembly, and is now winding its way through the California State Senate. This Tuesday it is being put to a vote in the State Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee. It needs to pass the committee with a majority of votes in order to be brought to the Senate floor.

Change.org reports that two members of the Committee, Senator Lois Wolk and Senator Alex Padilla, are still on the fence. Follow the link to lend your support in helping them decide to vote to protect sharks.

The bill would make it unlawful for any person to possess, sell, offer for sale, trade, or distribute a shark fin in California. Similar laws exist in Hawaii and Washington, as well as the US territories of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.

And watch Sharkwater Saipan to see how the Northern Mariana Islands became one of the first places in the world to ban shark fins.

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