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NY Governor: selling shark fins prohibited

Albany, N.Y.-- Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Friday that will make it illegal to possess, sell or distribute a shark fin in the state of New York. 

According to the governor’s office, under the current law it is illegal to “fin” a share in New York waters. This process involves catching a shark, removing its fin and then returning the shark to the water. This often results in the shark losing its life.

“Every year, an estimated 73 million sharks are killed to supply the growing global demand for their fins,” Governor Cuomo said. “Not only is the process inhumane, but it also affects the natural balance of the oceanic ecosystem. With this new law, New York will be doing its part to help preserve this important species and maintain a stable environment for them.”

The fins are the main ingredient in shark fin soup, a traditional Asian dish.

“I applaud Governor Cuomo’s signature on legislation to end the cruel, wasteful and unsustainable trade in shark fins,” Senator Phil Boyle said. “This is a great victory for animal advocates and a step towards ending New York’s contribution to the inhumane treatment of sharks and the dire collapse of shark population."

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