The Shark Lobby: Survivors Descend on Washington

Publication: ABC News

Author: David Kerley


07/15/2009 - Though they may have lost fingers or even a leg or an arm, a group of resilient shark bite victims hit Capitol Hill today and asked lawmakers to protect their attackers.

A collection of nine shark attack survivors—banding together in a somewhat incongruous lobbying effort—gathered to plead with senators and their staff members to pass a measure that would put strong restrictions on shark fishing.

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Congress passed a measure protecting sharks in 2000, but the Pew Environmental Group, which organized this unique lobbying effort, says fishermen have been able to find loopholes. A new measure banning all shark finning has passed the House, but the bill is still pending in the Senate.

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