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Keep Shark Fins off the Chopping Block!

Sharks are amazing creatures, majestic predators that inspire awe and respect. But millions of sharks are brutally murdered through the practice of “shark finning” every year.

This practice involves chopping off the shark’s fins and throwing it back into the sea, left to die of suffocation. Many species of sharks in the Pacific Rim, such as the Oceanic Whitetip, are declining rapidly in part because of this process.

This week, United States Trade Representative Michael Froman is deciding if the United States will protect sharks from this brutal practice.  He’s working on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) -- a pact that would expand trade between Pacific Rim nations in natural resources and could have devastating impacts on sharks, trees, and other wildlife. The United States is pushing a strong conservation proposal in the TPP that includes obligations to conserve shark populations and actions to deter shark-finning. Other countries in the pact are opposing strong and binding environmental provisions.

Tell the United States Trade Representative: Keep Shark Fins off the Chopping Block!

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Dear Ambassador Froman, 



We understand that the United States is pushing a strong conservation in the TPP that includes obligations to conserve shark populations and actions to deter shark-finning. We also understand that other TPP countries oppose binding rules that would outlaw shark-finning or other environmentally destructive practices such as trade in illegally harvested timber or illegally taken wildlife parts.

We urge you to avoid any efforts to weaken the environmental chapter of this trade pact. Any trade pact must ensure that countries uphold domestic and international environmental commitments and obligate countries to tackle key conservation challenges of the region, such as shark finning.

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