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For immediate release:
Friday, July 26, 2013
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Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, 631-384-1378 (mobile), aesposito@citizenscampaign.org

SHARK FIN BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

Governor Cuomo praised for signing bill to stop shark fin trade in New York

Albany, NY—Today, Governor Cuomo signed a law to ban the possession, sale, trade and distribution of shark fins in New York State. Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) is applauding Governor Cuomo for taking action stop the shark fin trade in New York State, thus helping to save millions of sharks globally. The practice of shark finning is already banned in US waters; however, NY remains one of the largest markets for shark fins outside Asia and the largest port of entry for shark fins on the East Coast.

“With a stroke of the pen Governor Cuomo has enacted a law that will help save millions of sharks from being needlessly and brutally killed for their fins,” said Adrienne Esposito, CCE Executive Director. “CCE applauds the legislature and Governor Cuomo for their leadership in protecting global shark populations and the health of our ocean ecosystems.”

An estimated 73 million sharks die every year through finning, the practice of cutting the fins off of a shark and discarding the body. The fins are the most valuable part of the shark, and after removing them, the rest of the shark is often thrown back into the water, unable to survive. The fin is considered a Chinese delicacy that is used in shark fin soup. Not only is this process inhumane, it endangers shark populations and negatively impacts ecosystems by removing an important predator.

New York now joins California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Oregon, Washington, Delaware, American Samoa, Guam and Northern Mariana Islands, which have all enacted similar laws. The bill was delivered to the Governor’s desk on Friday, July 19th, after the Senate and Assembly unanimously passed the bill (A.1769b- Maisel / S.1711b – Grisanti) during this year.

“What is considered a dining delicacy today will be considered a dining taboo tomorrow. This bill will propel us forward in protecting sharks and our ocean ecosystems. Kudos to Governor Cuomo, Senator Grasanti and Assemblyman Maisel for giving sharks and our oceans needed protection,” Esposito said.

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Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) empowers communities and advocates solutions for our shared environment and public health and is supported by over 80,000 members throughout New York State and Connecticut. www.citizenscampaign.org

updated by seckel  7/26/13