Letter

Tell EU Leaders to Stop the Shark Fin Trade in Europe

123,372 signed. Let’s get to 150K.

Add your name to the official letter to end the shark fin trade. We are urging decision-makers in the European Commission, Council, Parliament and national governments of the EU, to stop this horrific trade.

Update: On July 5th, the EU Commission issued its official response to the initiative. In it, the EU Commission is committing to launching an impact assessment by the end of 2023 in order to determine the environmental, economic, and sociological consequences of the "Fins Naturally Attached" regulation.

For decades, the shark fin trade has been the leading cause of the overfishing of sharks. Many countries, including Canada, the UK, and the United States, have taken the necessary steps to end their participation in the trade — but the European Union still lags behind.

The EU is the single largest supplier of shark fins to the Asian fin markets, contributing 45% of the total fins in the global trade. Shark populations have declined by 70% in the High Seas in the last 50 years and the shark fin trade is a key contributor.

Through the EU Citizens’ Initiative’s “Stop Finning — Stop the Trade,” a movement has been underway to ask the European Union to take action against the trade of shark fins. More than 1.1 million EU citizens have signed, reaching the threshold required for the European Commission to respond.

The European Commission will need to detail what actions it will propose in response to the EU Citizens Initiative — but it can still fully reject the demand to outlaw the shark fin trade. The first decision deadline is July 11th, 2023, when the EU Commission will deliver its initial proposal. 

We can’t let up the pressure now. Join us in urging the European Commission and Parliament, and national government representatives, to finally end the EU’s enablement of the shark fin trade.

Today, a third of all shark and ray species are already threatened by extinction due to unregulated commercial fisheries. Despite conclusive scientific proof to the contrary, the industrial fishing lobby continues to spread misinformation, claiming that shark populations are stable and that their overexploitation of sharks is sustainable.

As a global community, we cannot stand by and watch as the ocean’s biodiversity is irreparably destroyed. Pacific Island Nations, the US, Canada and the UK have taken action and banned the trade of shark fins. We now call on Europe to act.

Add your name to the letter to demand a #FinBanNow in the EU.

Click here to view the official letter.

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Gabrielle T

stop killing animals

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Leslie O

its barbaric

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Riané S

Sharks are widely misunderstood, they are wonderful animals and killing them for their fins is cruel.

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Kerri H

The shark fin industry is one of the cruelest, most selfish, disrespectful practice(apart from war) with no regard for our ecology or the precious lif…

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Cindy J

We need to start to respect animals!

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Chantal M

It makes me sick to my stomach to think that humain can be so cruel and heartless. It’s like tying a block of concrete to a human’s feet and throwing…

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Gayle T

... It's a disgusting practice.

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Helen C

this is despicable

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Paula M

we dont need this. murderers

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BOYD H

Time this cruelty was over .

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Liat A

stop this horendous trade. we take so much. the human race needs to stop being so greedy.

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Susan U

I am against this because we shouldn't be killing sharks by cutting off their fins and throwing them back in the ocean. That is cruel and must be sto…

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Linda H

it’s obvious isn’t it???

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Bob S

this needs to stop, it is insane to take animals lives

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Eric A

Killing sharks just to take their fins for soup is criminal, sinful and totally senseless killing. Many sharks have their fins and tails lobbed off al…

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Mary S

this is shocking that such a trade is still going on. Cruel, cruel, cruel and wasteful and totally unnecessary.

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Angela p

it is cruel to maim any animal for a piece of it it needs to survive

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Alan B

European leaders need to close down the shark fin trade in Europe for reasons mentioned in this petition, especially as it is extremely wasteful and v…

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Tavi P

This is an embarrassment to the human race

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Madison D

sharks are important to the eco system.

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Lynn W

This is absolutely horendous. Animals are living sentient beings who have the ability to feel as humans feel, to love, to hurt. This is wrong and disg…

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Pauline M

This should not be happening to these wonderful creatures

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Wendy M

And they cruelly throw it back to die this way? It’s barbaric! 😡

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Sandra O

I am signing because we cannot allow the EU to continue to be the largest supplier of shark fins to the Asian Market. They are overfishing sharks! St…

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Annegret Martha J

I am so sorry.

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