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The Florida Wildlife Federation is pushing for stiffer poaching penalties after a shark dragging video went viral.

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Advocates are urging Florida wildlife officials to back federal legislation banning the sale of shark fins.  But some think prohibition could be counterproductive.

Bill Outlawing 'Shark Finning' Advances

Mar 6, 2014
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Shark fishing would remain legal, but shark “finning” would be outlawed under a bill heard for the first time Thursday.

Sen. David Simmons’ (R-Altamonte Springs) legislation seeks to crack down on the manufacture of shark fin soup and homeopathic medical products made from shark fins. Nature watchers including the Sierra Club back the measure, which they say would help stop an inhumane practice which leaves the sharks from which the fins are gathered cast off or left to die.