In New York, a shark fin ban (A.7707a/S.6431) passed through the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee by a vote of 13-1 on Tuesday.
The bipartisan state legislation is sponsored by Assembly Members Alan Maisel (D-Brooklyn) and Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and Senator Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo) in the Senate.
The legislation would prohibit the possession, sale, and trade of shark fin in New York. If enacted, New York will join four Pacific states - California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington - and the U.S. territories of Guam and Northern Mariana Islands in similar actions to provide critical protection to sharks and preserve the health of the world's oceans.
WildAid joined a number of NGOs in support of this bill, including the Humane Society of the United States, Oceana, NRDC, Shark Savers, and Defenders of Wildlife. On Twitter, WildAid garnered the support of celebrity supporters Leonardo DiCaprio, Pau Gasol, Jared Leto, Maggie Q, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Sir Richard Branson, and Philippe Cousteau.
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