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Illinois Becomes First Inland State to Ban Shark Fin Trade

Animals  (tags: Oceana, Ecosystems, Sharks, shark fins, cruelty, abuse, extinction, killing, protection, suffering, conservation )

- 2539 days ago -
SPRINGFIELD - Oceana, the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world's oceans, applauded Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn yesterday for signing into law a ban on the sale, trade, distribution and possession of shark fins


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Dee C (229)
Wednesday July 4, 2012, 6:16 pm
Illinois is the first non-Pacific state to join California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii in the growing national movement to protect sharks. Although Illinois is far from the ocean, it is a large importer of shark fins that are used in the Asian delicacy shark fin soup. This market for fins creates an incentive for the practice of shark finning, slicing off a shark’s fins at sea and throwing the body back overboard.

“Illinois set a great example,” said Beth Lowell, campaign director at Oceana. “Shark finning is a cruel and wasteful practice that has extremely destructive consequences for shark populations. We hope other states will follow in their footsteps.”

Tens of millions of sharks are killed each year for their fins, leading some populations to decline by as much as 99 percent in recent decades as a result of this practice.

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Barb Knight (1685)
Wednesday July 4, 2012, 6:52 pm
Thank God!! TY Dee!!

Dee C (229)
Wednesday July 4, 2012, 7:51 pm
I certainly hope all states will follow these steps..

Monica D (580)
Wednesday July 4, 2012, 8:12 pm
Good news. Lovely picture too, thanks Dee.

Regina P (63)
Wednesday July 4, 2012, 10:27 pm
Good news & hope others will follow. Thanks

Aki Ardenne (17)
Thursday July 5, 2012, 4:31 am
There we see if we work together we can accomplisch all we want TOGETHER we are STRONG..

Dee C (229)
Thursday July 5, 2012, 7:37 am
Thank you..Gov. Quinn, Sen. Antonio Munez (D-Chicago) and Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago).
Indeed they are to be applauded..

MmAway M (519)
Thursday July 5, 2012, 9:26 am
At last there is a SMART Politican!

Sandi C (90)
Thursday July 5, 2012, 2:46 pm
I'm sorry Mm M I hope your not calling Gov. Quinn a smart Politican. He just closed a bunch of prisons and mental health places. I live in Illinois home of all the crooked Goveners!

Thursday July 5, 2012, 3:35 pm
Kudos to Illinois Thanks Dee

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Thursday July 5, 2012, 6:33 pm
Yay! Noted.

Sue Matheson (79)
Thursday July 5, 2012, 7:18 pm

Amy E (66)
Friday July 6, 2012, 8:10 pm
Its a start...
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