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New York State residents: Take action to protect sharks

Every year, an estimated 26-73 million sharks are killed to meet the increasing demand for shark fin soup - a rate that could soon threaten one-third of all shark species with extinction. Shark finning involves fishermen catching sharks, cutting off their fins and oftentimes throwing the still-living animals back into the water. These finless sharks sink to the ocean floor where they die slow and horrifically painful deaths from drowning, starving or being eaten by other organisms. Legislation is currently being considered in your state that will prohibit possession, sale and trade of shark fins, as well as establish civil penalties for violations. If enacted, this ban would reduce the demand for shark fin soup and products and, therefore, help to end the global issue of shark finning.

Act today - please urge your legislators to support this bill and protect sharks around the world.

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