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1. Shark Fin Ban Passes Massachusetts Senate
Remember Sean Lesniak (from Sea Save's Week in Review - May 16), who handed out shark plushies trying to convince legislators to protect endangered species? Spurred to action by the 9-year-old boy, the state senate has approved a bill that would outlaw shark finning in Massachusetts.
The bill, which will go into effect this September and is only two votes away from the governor’s desk, will prohibit the possession or sale of a detached shark fin, creating a punishment of between $500 and $1,000 per fin and up to 60 days imprisonment.