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Shark Fin Ban Passed in Toronto

The Toronto City Council voted on Tuesday to ban the sale and possession of shark fins with a vote of 38-4.  Toronto’s population of over 2.5 million makes it the fifth largest city in North America, and it is the largest market for shark products in Canada. The motion was made even stronger by a unanimous recommendation calling on other municipalities, provincial governments, and the federal government to act on the issue of shark fins. Earlier this month,  the nearby city of Mississauga banned the sale and possession of shark fins. With a population of almost 800,000, it is Canada’s sixth largest city, and until this week was the largest city in Canada to enact a shark fin ban. A staggering number of sharks are killed each year for only their fins, and the practice of shark finning has decimated shark populations worldwide. …
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California Legislature Supports Sharks

“This afternoon. September 6, 2011- the CA senate voted 25-8 to ban shark fin soup in California. Thanks to Wild Aid and many partners such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Humane Society of the United States and Oceana… as well as all those who worked for this and contacted their Senators.” ~ Peter Knights…
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1000 Kids Pledge to Save Sharks in Hong Kong

July 9, 2011 The 1000 Kids, One Message! project brought together shark loving kids and a distinguished list of ocean heroes at the Cyberport in Hong Kong for a special pledge – “I am the future! I won’t eat shark fins!” It’s hoped that the children’s message from the hot zone of the shark fin trade will echo loud and clear through national and international media, as nation after nation bans the brutal and unsustainable practice of shark finning.  The underlying premise of the project is clear – children are the future. The Ocean Geographic Society is calling on kids around the world to step up as the next generation of young ambassadors for sharks.  Kids attending this event have been officially named Shark Ambassadors.…
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Sylvia Earle: Oceans at risk because of ‘luxury tastes’

Sylvia Earle spoke to Stephen Sackur at the Editorial Intelligence conference in Portmeirion, in North Wales. “The world renowned American oceanographer, Sylvia Earle, is convinced that our seas, and therefore our planet, are in grave peril. But how can she convince the world to take notice of a global threat which is invisible to most of us?” To watch the full discussion on BBC World News click here. Re-posted from BBC News.…
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