mysterious, prehistoric creatures that inspire intrigue and
awe. Perfectly honed for their deep oceanic environments,
sharks have survived 450 million years of evolution, with some
individuals living more than 250 years each. That is, until
they met humans. Now all sharks worldwide are in danger.
In the past 50 years, global shark and ray
numbers have collapsed by 70% or more. The
biggest reason for this is overfishing.
Each year, 73 million
sharks are butchered and sliced apart to rip their fins from
their bodies. The fin is all fishers care about, so
they often throw sharks back in the water once they've cut
their fin off — leaving them to slowly, painfully bleed out.
These fins are then sold on international markets. If
things keep going at the current rate, sharks will entirely
die out soon. Luckily, the U.S. Congress is
considering banning all selling or buying of shark fins within
the country. This bill has bipartisan support, so it could
actually become law if enough of us speak out! Tell Congress it must pass legislation to ban
all buying and selling of shark fins in order to save sharks
The Care2 Petitions Team
in the U.S.'s northern neighbor of Canada have already banned
the shark fin trade, and now it's time for the U.S. to take
action, too. Sign the petition now!