California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Washington, and all three Pacific territories have already enacted HSUS-backed laws to restrict the sale and possession of fins. All these measures had support from a range of stakeholders, including chefs, fishing communities, marine ecologists, animal welfare and ocean conservation organizations.
And finning is banned in US waters, too, under federal law. But, without state prohibitions, it's next to impossible to ensure that fins traded in the US do not come from finned sharks or endangered shark species. That's why The HSUS is continuing to work in state legislatures to close markets for shark fins by banning their sale, trade, and possession.
This year, The HSUS is working for passage of bills in four additional states, in order to close markets for shark fins. The New Jersey Senate has passed legislation, and action in the Assembly awaits. The Texas bill is headed to the House floor after being passed out of committee. And Vermont and Rhode Island are considering bills in those states.