Morgan Freeman Comes To Capitol Hill To Save The Sharks

2016-06-24T07:45:06+00:00 June 24, 2016|
Actor Morgan Freeman (Credit: wikimedia)

(Click to enlarge) Actor Morgan Freeman (Credit: wikimedia)

Morgan Freeman is trying to protect sharks from extinction. Ahead of the Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week, the award-winning actor traveled to Capitol Hill on Thursday to push for greater protections for one of the deadliest creatures in the ocean.

(From The Hill / by Tim Devaney and Timothy Cama)– Freeman joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers who introduced the Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act.

“Just as the ivory trade decimated elephant populations, and the rhino horn trade harms rhino populations, the shark fin trade really threatens shark populations. Trade in ivory and rhino horns is illegal in the United States, so why can’t we get some of the same protections in place for sharks,” Freeman asked at a news conference hosted by marine conservation group Oceana.

“I think it’s time for us to stand up and declare that the United States will no longer support this destructive practice.”

The bipartisan bill — backed by Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), as well as Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) — would ban the sale and purchase of shark fins in the United States. While harvesting fins is already banned in United States waters under a 2010 law, Freeman and the bill’s supporters said allowing sales in the country continues to create a market.

Oceana, the conservation group that is working with Freeman, said 73 million sharks are killed every year due to human activity. To harvest fins, workers usually cut the fins off the sharks and release them back to the ocean, where they’re certain to die, a process Oceana said is unnecessarily cruel.

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