Sharks & shark conservation advocates worldwide are one step from a major victory after Tuesday's vote in the California state Senate to ban the trade in shark fins. But it's not a done deal until Gov. Jerry Brown signs AB 376 into law -- and you can make it happen.
California would become the fourth state to enact a trade ban, following Hawaii, Washington and Oregon. And it's the largest market for shark fins outside of Asia, where demand for shark-fin soup is fueling the global killing of tens of millions of sharks each year.
It would also strengthen the hand of advocates in China who are pressing for an end to shark finning in the world's largest market for fins. And it would give new momentum to a campaign for a national ban on the shark fin trade in the United States.
That's a lot of impact for one small action that each of us can take.