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Lawmakers look at shark fin bill

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By: Jenn Hatcher

Last year, Senator Jeremy Nordquist of Omaha was approached by the Henry Doorly Zoo academy, about making the sale and possession of shark fins illegal in Nebraska.

Come to find out shark fin soup is being sold at restaurants and markets in the state.

The group and others testified before the judiciary committee Friday afternoon.

They shared static's about the act of fining a shark.

Many times fisherman will catch the large fish, cut its fin off and drop it back into the sea to die.

Tami Kaschke, a Nebraskan who does shark research in South Africa shares, "When I was in Capetown a few years ago a trawler was caught with a million and a half pounds of shark fin on one single boat."

Proponents to this bill say the fat in shark fins has no nutritional value and the fins are only considered a delicacy to some cultures.

One student says, even though we're in a landlocked state, lawmakers should care.

"We have Illinois who's also done this and it's real.  It's here in Nebraska, just go to Omaha and buy Shark Fin soup," says Bailey Kustka, a high school senior.

There was no one present to oppose the bill, which has to make it out of committee.

Experts do say the shark population is dwindling because of this practice and it would be hard to repopulate the species for many reasons.

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