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Key Shark Legislation Takes Effect, as of January 1st

The success of last year’s shark finning campaigns came into fruition on January 1st, 2012, as key legislation took effect in Oregon and California, banning the sale, possession and distribution of shark fins and related products.

Despite the bans, both California and Oregon will still permit the possession of any shark fins acquired prior to January 1, 2012. In California, pre-existing stocks can be sold and distributed until July 2013, when the complete ban takes effect.

A Guest of Sharks

by WildAid supporter, Mercedes Rosello

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Last year I embarked on the trip of a lifetime, taking half a year off to travel through South America. By December I had reached Galapagos. On arrival to Puerto Ayora, the economic capital of the archipelago, I made a beeline for a scuba centre and booked a few immersions to get acquainted with the marine wildlife.

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.

Federal Shark Fin Ban Introduced in Canada

WildAid welcomes the news that Canadian Member of Parliament Fin Donnelly announced federal legislation banning the trade in shark fin. This is the first import ban initiated by a national government in the western hemisphere.

”We applaud his leadership as a strong example of a federally elected official taking action to counter plummeting shark populations worldwide," said Rob Sinclair, Executive Director of WildAid Canada.

Oakville Unanimously Votes to Ban Shark Fin - Over 3.5 Million Canadians Have Now Taken Action on Issue

WildAid Canada welcomes the news that the Town of Oakville has, by a vote of 7-0 last night, banned the sale and possession of shark fin and related products.

The shark fin ban was proposed this June and received unanimous support from the Oakville Council, who agreed to draft and vote on a new bylaw by the end of the year. The Council’s decision to adopt a motion to draft a banning bylaw sparked confusion among many reporters, who misconstrued this as Oakville’s official passing of the shark fin ban this July.

Why saving sharks is good business

by Steve Trent, President, WildAid

“The economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment” Gaylord Nelson, Environmentalist, former United States Senator and State Governor

The Peninsula Hotels Chain Takes a Stand Against Shark Fins

The Peninsula Hotels chain, Asia's oldest hotel company, will contribute to growing global efforts to reduce the demand for shark fin products by banning the consumption of shark fin at its hotel restaurants and banquet operations, effective January 1, 2012.

Two More Municipalities Ban Shark Fin in Canada

WildAid Canada welcomes the news that London and Pickering, Ontario are the latest municipalities to act on banning the sale and possession of shark fin.

Last night, London Council voted unanimously to call for a ban on shark fin products. At the same time, Pickering Council passed a ban into law by a margin of 5 to 1.

Toronto's Shark Fin Ban - An Insider's Perspective

By Rob Sinclair, Executive Director, WildAid Canada

In the whirl of cheers, camera lights and microphones that followed Toronto Council’s 38 to 4 vote to ban the sale and possession of shark fin products; it became all too easy to forget the months of challenge that preceded it.

Toronto Passes Shark Fin Ban!

WildAid welcomes the news that Toronto City Council has voted to ban the sale and possession of shark fin, with a vote of 38-4. With a population of over 2.5 million, Canada’s largest city, the fifth largest in North America, Toronto is the largest market for shark products in the country.

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