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Shark finning is a cruel process that involves the fins of a shark being cut off, often when the animal is still alive. The shark is then thrown back into the ocean, no longer able to swim. The mutilated shark sinks to the bottom of the ocean and may not die immediately. Without fins, the shark will bleed to death, drown, or be eaten by other animals. This whole process is done for the fins of the shark, nothing else.

This bill, except as specified, would make it unlawful for any person to posses, sell, offer for sale, trade, or distribute a shark fin, as defined. The bill, by creating a new crime, would impose a state mandated local program.