Shark Finning Banned in Guam

After activist efforts on all levels, from school children around the world to almost 15,000 shark enthusiasts from Care2, Guam’s governor signed bill 44 to ban shark finning after the proposal was unanimously passed by legislators.

Guam is the third country to put a bill into place that bans the sale, possession and distribution of shark fins. This practice has become more prevalent over the years because of the rise in popularity of shark fin soup, an Asian delicacy. More than 70 million sharks are killed by finning each year and often the shark’s body is disposed of in the sea after the brutal process of cutting off the fin.

We hope that Guam can serve as a model for the future of shark preservation. Sharks are vital for the ocean’s ecosystem and “as soon as you start to take out an important part of it, it’s like a brick wall, you take out bricks [and] eventually it’s going to collapse,” states WildAid International director Peter Knights. It is essential that we preserve these amazing creatures and not let them be destroyed in this horrible practice.

Thanks to all of those helped get this bill passed. We are so proud of Guam’s decision and hope other countries will follow in their footsteps.

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136 comments

Joe R.
Joe R.4 years ago

Way to go Guam!

Mem H.
Mem T.4 years ago

well done guam and all that petitioned to stop finning!

Sarah B.
Sarah B.5 years ago

Nice effort.

Ruth R.
Ruth R.5 years ago

Nice.

Adrienne Boyars
Adrienne Boyars5 years ago

Good Going Guam! 3 down and the rest to go!

Joe Morgan
Joe Morgan5 years ago

Lets hope a fourth country bans finning sooner rather than later

Jolin Chua
Jolin Chua5 years ago

Congratulations! Keep up the great job as the world counter against sharkfinning activities for the greater good.=)

KrassiAWAY B.
Krasimira B.5 years ago

Bravo!

Margarita  Armi M.

ES UNA ALEGRIA QUE EN UN LUGAR SE HAYA HECHO ESO PERO..... A VER SI DE UNA VEZ LOS JAPONESES, COREANOS ETC. SE DAN CUENTA DE LO CRUELES QUE SON CON LOS ANIMALES COMO TIBURONES, DELFINES Y BALLENAS Y DEMAS CRIATURAS MARINAS Y POR MUY BUENA QUE SEA ESA SOPA NO JUSTIFUICA ESA CRUELDAD.
ES UNA PENA QUE LES HAYA PASADO ESO AHORA PERO PUEDE SER UN CASTIGO DEL CIELO.
LOS SUDAMERICANOS HACEN ESA PESCA POR EL GRAN DIERO QUE RECIBEN A VER SI DE UNA VEZ LOS GOBIERNOS DEL MUNDO LO PROHIBEN Y CONTROLAN.

Katie K.
Katie K.5 years ago

It's so sad that its taken this long for people to get their minds right. But findly we see a ray of light..humans being considerate to all living things. I pray all get on board.