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Sharks

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Stop Shark Finning

Defenders of Wildlife has worked for years to stop the brutal practice of shark finning, with major efforts in several U.S. states, such as California and New York.
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Advocating for International Protection

As stronger science becomes available, more countries worldwide are recognizing the value sharks play in maintaining healthy ecosystems. However, despite the recent gains made internationally to protect shark species, there are still countries that have no finning regulations of any kind, and illegal trade and catch are notoriously hard to track and stop.
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Wildlife doesn’t stop at the U.S. border – so neither do we. We work internationally to protect wildlife around the world.
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Success Stories
February, 2014 - After outcry from state officials and conservationists, including Defenders of Wildlife, the National Marine Fisheries Service backs off an attempt to nullify state bans on shark fins.
Success Stories
December, 2013 - As part of an international effort to cut down on the devastating impact of the fin trade on shark species, Defenders helped organize a shark identification workshop in Brazil that was attended by officials from all over the continent.