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terça-feira, 3 de abril de 2012

Fwd: Stop Brutal Shark Finning

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From: Alejandra Goyenechea, Defenders of Wildlife <>

Wildlife Alert

Help Save Sharks

Hammerhead Shark, Barry Peters (Creative Commons)

The brutal practice of shark finning is threatening the very survival of hammerheads and other shark species.

Helps Stop Shark Finning

Urge New York lawmakers to support and cosponsor legislation to curb shark finning and save the lives of these awesome ocean predators.

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Dear Anne,

Hammerhead sharks are awesome ocean predators. These are some of the most powerful creatures in the sea, but even they can't survive the brutal practice of shark finning… and it's driving these and other sharks ever closer to extinction.

Imagine it: ripped from the water, these amazing animals are stripped of the dorsal fins that they need to swim and then left to bleed to death in the ocean.

It's not a pretty picture, but it's one that New Yorkers like you can help change.

Urge your state lawmakers to cosponsor and support legislation to curb the awful practice of shark finning. Send your message now.

Shark finning is a gruesome practice. It often involves catching sharks, cutting off their fins and tails usually while they are still alive, and throwing them back in the water.

Unable to swim, the shark bleeds to death or drowns.  By just harvesting the fins, which take up less space on a boat than the rest of the low-value shark carcass, fishermen are able to stay out much longer and pull in many more sharks.

Overfishing of sharks continues today at unsustainable levels. Mighty hammerheads, and many other types of sharks, have been decimated and graceful oceanic whitetips have almost disappeared – nearly a third of all shark species face extinction.

The demand for shark fins drives an industry, causing as tens of millions of sharks to be killed every year, predominately for use in shark fin soup. At around $400 a pound, it's a very lucrative business.

New Yorkers like you have a special responsibility to stop the sale, trade and possession of shark fins.

A review conducted by TRAFFIC and The Pew Environment Group reports that the U.S. ranks as one of the top 10 shark catchers in the world. Finning is illegal here, but enforcement is practically impossible, just like it is in the other 60 countries where it has been banned. Worse, the demand for shark fin soup continues to drive the fin market, particularly in states like New York. Fins are processed in and imported from Asia, making it impossible to track where the fins originated or whether they came from a protected species.

A new bill in New York could dramatically curb this awful practice. Please take action now to stop the shark fin trade in New York.

Earlier this year, similar bans went into effect in California in Oregon. Now New York has the chance to stop this horrible practice. But it's up to compassionate New Yorkers like you, Anne.

Please make your voice heard today and take a concrete step to stop shark finning, and then forward this email to friends and family in New York and post it on Facebook

With gratitude,

Alejandra Goyenechea
Alejandra Goyenechea
International Counsel
Defenders of Wildlife

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