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New York Legislature Unanimously Passes Bill to End Largest Shark Fin Trade on the Atlantic

Governor Cuomo urged to sign legislation to protect sharks and oceans

The New York Legislature unanimously passed legislation in both chambers to end New York’s contribution to the dire collapse of shark populations worldwide. Fourteen major animal welfare, environmental and conservation organizations are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign into law A.1769b/S.1711b, legislation banning the possession, sale, trade and distribution of shark fins.

New York Senate Passes Bill to End Cruel and Unsustainable Shark Fin Trade

Assembly urged to take action to protect sharks and oceans

NBA Cares and WildAid Team Up To Save Wildlife

WildAid and NBA Cares, the National Basketball Association's (NBA) global social responsibility program, have announced another step in their partnership promoting wildlife conservation in the United States and aimed at reducing the illegal trade of wildlife products in China. 

WildAid's Campaign Helps Reduce Shark Fin Demand

Traders say demand for shark fin has fallen.

WildAid’s campaign to reduce use of shark fin is making a huge impact in Asia by decreasing the demand for and the import-export business of shark fin.  According to the South China Morning Post, the Census and Statistics Department of Hong Kong reported that shark fin imports have reduced from 10,292 tons to 3,087 tons from 2011 to November 2012; over a 70% decline.  

Costa Rica Declares Zero Tolerance to Shark Finning

The Government of Costa Rica declared zero tolerance to shark finning, in a ceremony held this morning at Manuel Antonio National Park, Quepos. There, with the presence of environmentalists, the President of the Republic, Laura Chinchilla, signed an executive order. Under this order, imports of shark fins into the country will be banned. Shark finning practices were already forbidden in the Costa Rica territory and waters.

One Step Closer to Stricter EU Shark Finning Ban

Today, members of the European Parliament Fisheries Committee convened in Brussels to vote on a strict ban on shark finning, a practice that is rapidly thinning out the world’s vulnerable shark populations.

Sir Richard Branson Urges Costa Rica to Ban Shark Fin Imports

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This week, Richard Branson and former Costa Rica president, José María Figueres Olsen, urged Costa Rica President Laura Chinchilla Miranda, in an open letter, to sign a Presidential Decree prohibiting the importation of all shark fins into Costa Rica.

WildAid Completes Assessment of Key Marine Protected Areas in Indonesia

In an effort to further combat illegal fishing, WildAid conducted a marine enforcement assessment of two No-Take Zones (NTZs) in Southeast Misool, Indonesia, one of the most biologically diverse areas on the planet. The report provides concrete recommendations to strengthen operations, improve compliance, and lower operational costs.

California Shark Fin Ban Leaps Over Major Hurdle

On Thursday, Assembly Bill 376, which would ban the sale, trade and possession of shark fins in the state of California, cleared the state Senate Appropriations Committee on a 5-2 vote.  The bill now moves to the Senate floor, where a vote is expected in the next couple of weeks.

WildAid Lands on TreeHugger's Best of 2011 List

TreeHugger, an online environmental news publication, recently featured WildAid on its list of 'The 7 Biggest Celebrity Hits and Misses of 2011'. The article labeled WildAid's partnership with ambassadors Leonardo DiCaprio, Yao Ming, and Edward Norton, along with actors Ben Stiller, Scarlett Johansson and others, as its top celebrity environmental 'hit' of 2011.

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