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Today is World Oceans Day: WildAid Canada Calls for Action on Threat Posed by Shark Fin Trade

WildAid Canada today is sending out materials to over 3,500 Canadian legislators, at the municipal, provincial and federal level, calling for action on the conservation crisis created by the shark fin trade.

Assembly Bill 376 Banning Shark Fin Passes Key Committee in California Senate

Yesterday the California Senate’s Natural Resources Committee voted 5-0 (with two abstentions) to support AB 376, outlawing the possession, sale, trade and distribution of shark fins in California with a strong proviso that some type of amendment be incorporated to allow the possibility of some shark fin from “sustainable” sources.

Chile, the Bahamas and Fiji Join the Global Movement to Protect Sharks

The global movement against the shark fin trade gains momentum with Chile, the Bahamas and Fiji all introducing legislation this week that would reduce the trade.

Not only is the declining shark population potentially devastating to marine ecosystems, but also certain nations are realizing the economic value of sharks as a tourist draw. According to the Pew Environmental Group, tourism brings in USD$80 million annually in the Bahamas, with each reef shark estimated to be worth about USD$250,000.

WildAid Featured in August issue of Vanity Fair

In its August issue, Vanity Fair features a sixteen-page article entitled, “Agony and Ivory,” which depicts the extreme brutality and danger of the ever-growing Ivory Trade and its devastating impact on our world’s elephants. Long-time and highly acclaimed elephant conservationist, Iain Douglas-Hamilton, mentions WildAid’s vital work in the public awareness sector through partnerships with celebrity ambassadors such as Jackie Chan and Yao Ming.

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