The Entertainment Industry Supports Shark Fin Legislation
As members of the entertainment industry we understand that Hollywood hasn’t always been kind to sharks, but they have certainly been good to us!
Case in point - in the last 40 years there were more than 100 films made that used sharks as their central theme. (see link below) Most of the time they take the role of the villain. Documentaries and specials featuring sharks, including Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, are extremely popular, year after year.
Sharks have fueled the entertainment industry with billions of dollars over the years. On the flip side, they are being decimated around the world to meet the demand for shark fins. It is one of the greatest threats endangering shark populations around the world.
· 100 million sharks are killed each year. Fins from up to 73 million sharks end up in the shark fin trade.
· 70 percent of the 14 most common shark species involved in the trade are considered at high or very high risk of extinction, according to the IUCN
· Some shark populations have declined by more than 90 percent in recent decades due to overfishing
Current regulations have not proven effective. As a nation, the United States should not participate in or enable the international trade of a product that is decimating species and damaging the balance of the oceans. Every State can take a stand on this issue.
We recognize the value of using our voices to support initiatives that make this world a better place.
We, the undersigned, support SB 352 and HB 99 to prohibit the sale and trade of shark fins and ray parts and we thank the bill sponsors and leadership in the Senate and the House for their support.