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house Bill H.R. 1456

Does the U.S. Need to Stop the Domestic Shark Fin Trade?

Argument in favor

Shark finning is a barbaric practice and the U.S. needs to do what it can to stop it by making the sale or purchase of shark fins illegal.

Joseph 's Opinion
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07/23/2017
Shark finning is a barbaric and wasteful practice. Some shark species have been decimated because of it, and possibly permanently affected. We should not be participating in this or encouraging this trade in any way.
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collins1129's Opinion
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07/23/2017
Of course we should. I'm shocked to hear that we don't already have a ban on this product, considering the brutal harvesting methods used on these animals.
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Jeanne's Opinion
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07/23/2017
I'm shocked that our country still allows the highly destructive and hideously cruel practice of shark finning. It needs to be completely banned right now.
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Argument opposed

If the U.S. tries to stop the shark fin trade by making it illegal to buy or sell fins, the trade will still persist by moving to the black market.

Libertytech's Opinion
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07/23/2017
Prohibition always has unintended consequences.
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DrRichSwier's Opinion
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07/23/2017
Congress must open up our fishing industry by allowing them to feed Americans with fish caught by Americans for Americans. I don't want our fish imported from places like Vietnam.
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Leslie's Opinion
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07/22/2018
Shark finning is detestable, that aspect is an abomination, but what if you’re using the entire animal for food? Now you can do nothing with the fin? We need a bill that is more sharply focused on the problem.
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    Shark finning is a barbaric and wasteful practice. Some shark species have been decimated because of it, and possibly permanently affected. We should not be participating in this or encouraging this trade in any way.
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    Prohibition always has unintended consequences.
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    Of course we should. I'm shocked to hear that we don't already have a ban on this product, considering the brutal harvesting methods used on these animals.
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    I'm shocked that our country still allows the highly destructive and hideously cruel practice of shark finning. It needs to be completely banned right now.
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    Sharks are an important part of the oceans ecosystem and must be protected to keep the balance.
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    Good god, yes. Barbaric. Unnecessary. Stop.
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    Sharks are beautiful creatures, and in all reality, rarely attack to kill humans. They actually are deciding whether or not you're what they eat. Trading of animal parts is wrong, no mater the species.
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    I'm shocked that this is still imported. Like any eco system the top predators are important for the security of the entire system. We must protect them as much as other wildlife.
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    Right now it is impossible to know if a shark fin in the United States is a product of finning. A national fin ban would remove that uncertainty and shut down the U.S. as a market for shark fins. It would also reinforce the status of the United States as a global leader in shark conservation.
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    Is there no limit to how savage and cruel people are capable of being in the quest for the almighty dollar? Not only are sharks living breathing amazing creatures they are also a vital part of the marine ecosystem. In the interest of the environment and common decency this heinous practice must be stopped now. Please support this bill.
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    Stop the cruel massacre of these creatures.
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    Killing sharks just for their fins is a waste of good meat.
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    This bill should go even further, but it is a good next step in shark conservation. That it has bipartisan support, which is such a rare commodity these days, is a big plus.
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    Shark Finning is a cruel and inhumane practice. There needs to be a strict enforcement of protection of shark population and the prohibition of the practice of capturing sharks and cutting off their fins. Live and let live.
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    Let's leave the fins where they belong, on the shark.
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    It is wasteful and pointless.
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    This is a cruel and unnecessary practice. This should be banned and discouraged in any way possible. We need to be more humane and take better care of our resources and the creatures that we share our planet with.
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    There is no need for Americans to possess shark fins especially if it is illegal to obtain them. Too bad this will just continue rapidly in Asian markets.
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    Congress must open up our fishing industry by allowing them to feed Americans with fish caught by Americans for Americans. I don't want our fish imported from places like Vietnam.
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    This bill would make it so that "no person shall possess, offer for sale, sell, or purchase any shark fin or product containing any shark fin". I support this law because shark finning is a wasteful and overly cruel process in which a "shark is caught, pulled onboard a boat, its fins are cut off, and the still-living shark is tossed back overboard to drown or bleed to death". This is an unsustainable form of fishing and runs the risk of decimating wild shark populations which are vital ecosystem predators. http://animals.howstuffworks.com/endangered-species/shark-finning.htm
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