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house Bill H.R. 737

Does the U.S. Need to Stop the Domestic Shark Fin Trade?

Argument in favor

Shark finning is a barbaric practice and the U.S. needs to do what it can to stop it by making the sale or purchase of shark fins illegal.

jimK's Opinion
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07/28/2019
Our forebears viewed the planet as ‘infinite’ and killing this or that or dumping this or that did not effect the ‘infinite’ planet. Well, there is just too many of us people to accept that view anymore. The planet is finite and we people are effecting it. Trophy hunting does effect the biosphere. Driving a species to extinction because they ‘taste’ good does impact a finite world. So, Nay to shark fin fishing and any other practices that can harm our oceans, food chain or our planet’s biodiversity in an uncontrolled manner and with unknown lasting consequences.
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Ellen's Opinion
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07/28/2019
Yes, of course...sharks are apex predators. Maintaining the species below them in the food chain and serve as an indicator of a healthy ocean. Sharks go, then many marine species would face extinction. Yes it is tradition, but so was binding women’s feet.
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David's Opinion
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07/28/2019
Killing sharks for just their fins is a terrible thing.
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Argument opposed

If the U.S. tries to stop the shark fin trade by making it illegal to buy or sell fins, the trade will still persist by moving to the black market.

Cherie65's Opinion
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07/28/2019
Good grief. Congress will do anything not to pass meaningful legislation that impacts everyday American lives positively. Clowns.
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Nolib's Opinion
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07/28/2019
You people never quit looking for useless things to pass laws about . You seek to control everything.: yet you can’t fix anything.
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Ronald's Opinion
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07/29/2019
Shark fins is not our issue. We are broke. We must not borrow money for this.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  • The house Passed November 20th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 310 Yea / 107 Nay
      house Committees
      Water, Oceans, and Wildlife
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedJanuary 23rd, 2019

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    Our forebears viewed the planet as ‘infinite’ and killing this or that or dumping this or that did not effect the ‘infinite’ planet. Well, there is just too many of us people to accept that view anymore. The planet is finite and we people are effecting it. Trophy hunting does effect the biosphere. Driving a species to extinction because they ‘taste’ good does impact a finite world. So, Nay to shark fin fishing and any other practices that can harm our oceans, food chain or our planet’s biodiversity in an uncontrolled manner and with unknown lasting consequences.
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    Good grief. Congress will do anything not to pass meaningful legislation that impacts everyday American lives positively. Clowns.
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    Yes, of course...sharks are apex predators. Maintaining the species below them in the food chain and serve as an indicator of a healthy ocean. Sharks go, then many marine species would face extinction. Yes it is tradition, but so was binding women’s feet.
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    Killing sharks for just their fins is a terrible thing.
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    Shark finning is barbaric and should be banned. Besides the moral issue, from a practical viewpoint biodiversity is very important. Predators such as wolves and sharks are just as important as farm animals or pets. We should be protecting them.
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    So One Republican says “Local Governments should take care of this.” Ok, well what Jurisdiction will handle the Mariana Trench? Beyond The Waters Of Diego Garcia? If we allow Republicans to Over See Virtually ANYTHING, they’ll eat it, kill it, bury it, strip the fur off it, cut the horns off it or find some way to drive the animal 🦒 into EXTINCTION. They just can’t be trusted to handle anything. Hell, Donald Trump Jr. is the BEST example of how Republicans act. Yes, God Herself gave us Dominion over the seas and the animals etc. but I’m certain even She didn’t mean for us to WIPE OUT every living thing. Left in Republican hands, we would have NO ANIMALS, NO FISH NOR MAMMALS! Look at the damage Republicans have already done with their give a sh!t attitudes. SAVE THE SHARK! TAKE THE REPUBLICANS OUT OF ANY POSSIBILITY OF CONTROL. WE MUST CAST OUR VOTES IN THE #’s that we ARE! They don’t stand a Chance against us. The Democratic Party is ENORMOUS! WE CAN BRING THE REPUBLICAN PARTY DOWN. #VoteBlue2020 #DumpTrump #DitchMitch #TakeAmericaBack
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    Sharks are already being endangered and slowly becoming extinct; harming them any further puts their entire species in danger. Harmful species or not, animals are just as important as any human being on this plant.
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    Finning is a cruel and wasteful practice that is irreparably damaging the food webs in the ocean. IT NEEDS TO BE STOPPED!!!
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    Absolutely. Let’s, also, stop the killing of rhinos for their horns and elephants for their tusks, while we’re at it. Save the delicate balance of our earth before it’s too late. Please! Right now it’s, almost, too late!
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    This is a disgusting, horrible practice that needs to be outlawed. How can anyone in their right mind believe this sort of practice is okay? One would have to be a truly mentally sick individual to do this to a living creature.
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    This is barbaric.
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    EXTREMELY CRUEL!
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    Stop killing everyone
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    Yes, we need to do more to respect other living animals.
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    We need to find alternatives to foods that involve cruelty and damage to ecology.
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    You people never quit looking for useless things to pass laws about . You seek to control everything.: yet you can’t fix anything.
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    Yes.
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    Shark fins is not our issue. We are broke. We must not borrow money for this.
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    These animals are APEX predators. You disrupt our ecosystem severely enough and ALL people inhabiting our planet will suffer. STOP DESTROYING OUR 1 and ONLY PLANET.
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    Seems like decency, or why not cut the ears off people still eating their shark fin soups!? Freakin weirdoes .....
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