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Portman stands up for oceans

To the editor:

Living in Southeastern Ohio, many may not have heard of the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act (S 877). However, as an advocate for all animals and someone passionate about healthy oceans, I am proud to see Ohio Sen. Rob Portman support this important bill.

The global demand for shark fins leads to the brutal practice of shark finning, cutting off the fins of a shark, often leaving them still alive, and dumping their body at sea. While shark finning is illegal in U.S. waters, fins continue to be bought and sold here. This global trade is a major contributor to the decline of shark populations around the world, with fins from as many as 73 million sharks ending up in the market each year. Passing this bill in the Senate (it has already passed the House) will take the U.S. out of the fin trade, and drastically reduce the demand for fins. It would also reinforce our country’s status as a leader in shark conservation.

With the support of leaders like Portman, who understand the benefits of healthy ocean ecosystems, there’s hope for these animals. Thank you, Sen. Portman, for listening to your constituents and co-sponsoring this bill. Your leadership and support will hopefully lead to a bipartisan win for the oceans and sharks.

Donna Hauser

Steubenville

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