Did you know that you can buy shark fins in the state of California? As in— shark. fins. That’s messed up! And my buddy (someday), Leonardo DiCaprio, thinks that needs to change too.
He’s so passionate about banning the sale of shark fins that he wrote a letter, backed by celebs like Megan Fox, Edward Norton, Sam Trammell, Rachel Bilson and Ben Stiller, to the California State Senate asking them to support Assembly Bill 376.
Here’s an excerpt from the letter (c/o Vegetarian Star):
“The International Union for the Conservation of Nature has concluded that a third of shark species are now threatened with extinction of some kind. And recent estimates state that up to 73 million sharks are killed each year for use in shark fin soup and other products. Traditionally shark fin was affordable only to the elite, and consequently the issue of decimation of species was not a concern. But with the explosion of the world’s population, and an increasing number of wealthy consumers, this can no longer be considered true, as has been evidenced by the decimation of shark populations worldwide. Despite fisheries attempts at regulation, the inhumane practice of finning continues unabated too, as does the illegal capture of sharks from marine reserves and sovereign waters.”
If the bill is passed, than an official ban on the sale of shark fins in the state of California will be enforced.
Via Vegetarian Star