Sharks are in trouble. For 400 million years sharks have protected and shaped the health of our ocean ecosystems. But many species are threatened with extinction within our lifetime. Shark
fin traders may kill as many as 8,000 sharks per hour. Global attitudes are rapidly shifting in
favor of sharks. What can Texans do? We can ban the sale and consumption of shark fins in our state.
Join our grassroots campaign to spread the word!
Hawaii, California, Oregon and Washington have already done it and we can, too! WHY?
#1 Sharks are at risk
According to scientists, at least 107 species of sharks worldwide have had population
sizes so dramatically reduced they warrant international concern. When shark
populations are destroyed, the overall health of ocean ecosystems decline.
#2 The shark fin trade is destructive
Like elephant ivory, rhino horn, bear paws, and other rare or exotic animal parts, shark
fin is sold for astronomical sums as a status symbol. The shark fin trade drives mass
slaughter, poaching, inhumane practices, and crime. Shark fin sells for up to 250 times
the value of shark steaks and other body parts. This economic distortion means that
most sharks are “finned” at sea or on the docks and their bodies left to rot.
#3 Texas supports the problem…and the solution
Though Texas ended its participation in the ivory, rhino horn, and bear paw trades, our
state has not yet banned shark fin trading. Even worse, Texas is a key facilitator for the
international fin trade. In addition to selling fins here, traders use our ports and borders
to traffic fins from all over the world to countries in Asia and elsewhere. Measures in the
Hawaii, California, Washington, and Oregon passed with near-unanimous bipartisan
support after voters called upon policymakers to shut down the trade. Let’s join them.
Together we can make a difference! Join our Facebook page and sign our petition.
We’re also forming a new Texas chapter of Shark Stewards, a nationally-recognized
non-profit for ocean advocacy. Contact Anna Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Texans for Sharks
Help us save the oceans by protecting these important predators!
Sign the petition.