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Toronto's Largest Suburb Announces Shark Fin Ban

WildAid is thrilled by the news that the City of Mississauga has banned the sale and possession of shark fin. With a population of almost 800,000, it is the sixth largest city in Canada and the largest to pass a ban to date.

“Mississauga’s action is the latest positive step in the growing campaign to end this unsustainable trade,” said Rob Sinclair, Executive Director of WildAid Canada. “Mississauga’s leadership is the strongest example yet of a Canadian municipality taking action to counter this global threat.”

Governor Brown Signs California Shark Fin Ban into Law

Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 376 into law -- legislation that will ban the import, possession, and sale of shark fins in the state of California. Since California is one of the largest markets for shark fins outside of Asia, this act is a significant step toward increasing global protection of sharks and sustaining the health of our oceans.

An Insider’s Perspective on the Oregon Shark Fin Ban

When a great injustice is being done and when the rational pleas of compassionate people fail to persuade the perpetrators of the injustice to change their ways, and even when there is no shame public enough to change the behavior that causes the injustice, that is where the law begins.

Call to Ban Shark Fins Gains Support of Some Big Fish

On both sides of the world, the movement to ban the trade and sale of shark fin products has gained an impressive roster of noteworthy supporters including Leonardo DiCaprio, James Cameron, Wolfgang Puck, Gordon Ramsey, Richard Branson, Yao Ming, Mario Batali, Edward Norton, and Chinese billionaire Zhang Yue.

Yao Ming Calls for a Shark Fin Ban in China

International conservation organization WildAid, Chinese basketball star and WildAid Ambassador, Yao Ming, and leading Chinese entrepreneur Zhang Yue have joined forces with British entrepreneur, Sir Richard Branson and his non-profit foundation Virgin Unite, in a global campaign to save sharks. Branson and Yao filmed public service announcements in support of WildAid’s shark campaign drawing attention to the increasing demand for shark fin soup and the devastating effect this demand is having on global shark populations.

Canadian MP To Introduce Federal Shark Fin Ban Legislation

WildAid Canada is thrilled by the news that Canadian Member of Parliament Fin Donnelly will be introducing federal legislation banning the trade in shark fin.

“Fin Donnelly’s proposal is a key step in the growing campaign to address the global problem of the shark fin trade,” said Rob Sinclair, Executive Director of WildAid Canada. “His leadership is the strongest example yet of a Canadian elected official taking action to counter this global threat.”

California Senate Passes Landmark Shark Conservation Bill

The California Senate passed Assembly Bill 376 today by a vote of 25 to 9. The bill, which previously passed the state Assembly by a vote of 60 to 8, effectively prohibits the sale, trade, and possession of shark fins within the state. Given his strong environmental record, Governor Brown is expected to sign this into law as soon as next week. California is said to be the largest source of demand for shark fins outside of Asia, so this bill represents a major step toward reducing pressure on shark populations.

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