RI House passes bill banning shark fin sales & possession

By Thomas Blacke

tblacke@abc6.com

 Providence, RI.- The Rhode Island House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday sponsored by Rep. K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Dist.23, Warwick), that would ban the sale and possession of shark fins in the state. 
  
The legislation prohibits the possession, sale or trade of shark fins by those without a permit.  Those in violation would be guilty of a misdemeanor.

"As a lifelong lover and defender of innocent animals, I could not in good conscience stand by idly by while these cruel actions decimate the shark population in our oceans," said Rep. Shekarchi.
      
The State Senate passed a companion bill earlier this month. 

The House voted 63-0 to pass the bill.

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