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Do You Support a Ban on Killing Sharks?

Should more states ban killing sharks?

by Countable | 2.8.19

What’s the story?

  • Lawmakers in Hawaii have advanced a proposed ban on killing sharks and rays in state waters.
  • Unlike many marine mammals, sharks are not a federally protected species—however many states have laws against the sale of their fins.

What would the Hawaii bill do?

  • Make it illegal to knowingly kill, capture or abuse any species of shark or ray in state waters.
  • Allow exemptions for research, cultural practices, and public safety.

What are people saying?

  • Rep. Nicole Lowen (D-North Kona), chairwoman of the House Environmental Protection and Energy Committee, said:
“As apex predators, sharks and rays help to keep the ocean ecosystem in balance, and protecting them from unnecessary harm is essential to the health of our coral reefs. I’m hopeful that this year will be the year that we are able to take this important step.”
  • Sen. Mike Gabbard (D-Oahu), chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Environment Committee, introduced a companion bill in the Senate.
  • “In 2010, the state banned the taking of shark fins. However, we didn’t actually ban the capture or killing of whole sharks,” Gabbard said. “This bill is needed because sharks are the top predator in the ocean food chain and their numbers are declining.”
  • The Office of Hawaiian affairs solicited public testimony about the proposed ban last year. Resident Edwin Watamura wrote in that he opposed legislation protecting sharks:
“It seems to be very extreme to outlaw any taking of sharks. There are many instances where sharks are a threat to human life and also could be a food source. If the sharks are an endangered species it is understandable, but if the stock of a species of shark is healthy and abundant it seems extreme to blanket all shark taking as illegal.”

What do you think?

Do you support protections for sharks and rays? Should state shark protections be extended to federal waters? Should Congress pass federal legislation to protect sharks and rays? Take Action above and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / Placebo365)

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  • burrkitty
    Voted Yes
    02/08/2019
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    Sharks are caught and killed faster than they can reproduce. Scientists estimate sharks are killed about 30% faster than they can reproduce, because of this, nearly 1 in 4 species are threatened with extinction. For what? Wealth signaling for the Chinese. Ban it. Save our sharks!

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  • Mark
    Voted No
    02/09/2019
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    Sharks have refused to sign a ban on eating humans. So no, keep killing them.

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  • What.About.Ethics
    Voted Maybe
    02/09/2019
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    Fishing for sharks should be regulated just like any type of large game fish. It should be a little extra limited at first, to let the population rebound. Then, you allow a certain number to taken each year based on shark population. Most likely, there would be different limits on different types of sharks because of varying populations. It works to maintain healthy populations of other types of fish and game. And it avoids the probable giant sharks that would exist with a total ban.

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  • Pascale
    last Monday
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    Why kill an animal that hasn't harmed you? It's one thing to kill an animal trying to kill you; it's quite another when it's for sport. Why do humans feel the need to kill anything they are afraid of?

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  • burrkitty
    Voted Yes
    02/08/2019
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    BTW, that photo is a adult zebra shark, Stegostoma fasciatum. A docile, nocturnal, and endangered reef shark. The primary danger to the species is us. My second favorite shark to dive with after whale sharks. A very easygoing shark. They get used to divers quickly and in some places can be fed by hand.

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  • SneakyPete
    Voted Maybe
    02/09/2019
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    PROTECT SHARK HARVESTING FROM SPORT & COMMERCIAL USES I’d be for the selective harvesting of sharks to preserve the species and maintain their impact upon other species in the ocean realm. They should be protected from purely commercial industry and sports activities. SneakyPete......... 🦈🛑🦈🛑🦈. 2*9*19..........

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  • tituswife
    Voted No
    02/09/2019
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    Sharks are predators, and an extreme threat to human life. The selling of shark fins is already illegal. That's enough.

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  • Laurie
    02/09/2019
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    Is there anything Countable doesn’t think the government should regulate? #LimitedGovernment

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  • Cierra
    Voted Yes
    02/09/2019
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    I agree strongly. All species of sharks should be protected, not just certain species. More states should ban the killing of sharks, because the sharks play a huge role in the ecosystem. They keep the oceans from being over populated by other species of fish. I mean sure, shark attacks do happen; but, how often do you actually hear about someone being attacked by a shark? Shark attacks don't occur as often as you might think. And the only reason people get bit, is either they felt threatened or they accidentally mistaken someone for a seal...

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  • Samuel
    Voted Yes
    02/08/2019
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    Is it not part of our responsibility to influence action on behalf of other species that cannot speak for themselves. We have disrupted the ecological systems of the oceans for too long. Laws like these need to be passed.

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  • Mack
    Voted Yes
    02/08/2019
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    There is a reason why sharks are part of the oceans food chain. Hasn’t mankind brought enough species into extinction?

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  • Peter
    Voted Yes
    02/09/2019
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    Our sharks are vital to the health of the oceans. They need protection!!!

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  • John
    Voted Yes
    02/08/2019
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    Sharks have been around for millions and millions in fact hundreds of millions of years. Now human beings threatened to bring them to their knees and extinction. All for “sport” or a bowl of shark fin soup. We’ve done this in a matter of decades. You can’t pick apart the food chain in the ocean it will collapse, and when it collapses we will go along with it.

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  • Robert
    Voted Yes
    02/08/2019
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    We need apex predators in our seas,duh!

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  • SirRobert
    Voted Yes
    02/09/2019
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    Sharks are important to our ecosystem. It enrages me to see sharks killed for sport or even worse for their fins.

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  • Choky
    Voted Yes
    02/09/2019
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    I urge you to support a ban on killing sharks.Some of the sharks species are a threatened species.

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  • Robert
    Voted Yes
    02/09/2019
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    Sharks are a critical part of ocean ecology and should be protected

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  • Tommy
    Voted Yes
    02/09/2019
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    Every animal plays a part in our ecosystem.

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  • Azrael
    Voted Yes
    02/09/2019
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    Stop destroying the balance of nature

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  • Teachon
    Voted Yes
    02/09/2019
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    Please fight with Floridians to stop the killing of sharks. They are vital to our fragile ecosystem. Thank you.

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  • Chips
    Voted Yes
    02/08/2019
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    Yes, destroy the apex ocean predator and we destroy the oceans, and next humanity

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  • Jeanne
    Voted Yes
    02/09/2019
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    Killing sharks is vile and disgusting. Many of them are endangered because of the stupidity of humans. Protect them all now.

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  • Joanne
    Voted Yes
    02/09/2019
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    Sharks are very much a part of the nature of things. If they're wiped out, then what?

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  • Stickyfingers
    Voted Yes
    02/09/2019
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    Yes, we should Not be killing Sharks and that means anybody.

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