National eyes on shark fin bill

Aug 6, 2017
National eyes on shark fin bill

“Now, in the nick of time, bipartisan groups of Senators and Representatives are pursuing life-saving legislation to prohibit the import, export and trade in shark fins,” wrote the heads of The Humane Society and Sea World in Newsweek. They are supporting the legislation I authored based on the Commonwealth law that bans the commercial shark fin trade.

The Marianas were the first U.S. insular area to end the trade. Guam and American Samoa followed our lead. Eleven states also now have laws on the books. House Foreign Affairs Chairman Rep. Ed Royce (R-California) and I introduced H.R. 1456 when Congress opened in January and already we have 147 cosponsors from both sides of the aisle.

Thanks to the Humane Society and Sea World for supporting my bill. And kudos to former Lt. Governor and Speaker of the House Diego T. Benavente, who wrote the Marianas law and whose work we are building upon.