Join Leonardo Di Caprio, Yao Ming, Edward Norton, Ben Stiller, and Dozens of Celebs to Save Sharks from Hot Water
Posted June 24, 2011
This morning, 34 actors, directors, musicians and other celebrities joined NRDC, Wild Aid, and the Humane Society of the U.S. to stand up for Sharks. Read this letter -- from Leonardo Di Caprio, Yao Ming, Edward Norton, Ben Stiller, Anthony Keidis, Flea, Scarlett Johansson, Ian Somerhalder, and many more -- supporting California’s Assembly Bill 376 which would protect sharks from being killed just for their fins.
With movies like Jaws, Open Water and Deep Blue Sea, Hollywood gave sharks a bad reputation. Now, Hollywood is coming to the rescue to help the estimated 26 – 73 million sharks killed each year for their fins, which are used to meet the exploding demand for shark fin soup.
Photo: Nancy Boucha, www.scubasystems.org 2005/Marine Photobank
Sharks are in serious trouble. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) defines shark finning as “the removal and retention of shark fins and the discard at sea of the rest of the carcass.” This wasteful practice uses only 2-5% of shark bodies and is threatening sharks around the world -- more than 1/3 of shark species are threatened with extinction. As a result of the international shark fin trade, with some populations declined by 99%.
Join these celebrities and take action: tell your California Senator that you support protecting sharks by banning the trade and sale of shark fins.
You can also make a big difference if you live in the districts of one these Senators: please call them before Tuesday, 6/28/2011, when they will be voting on this bill in the Senate Natural Resources Committee:
- Senator Alex Padilla, (Los Angeles), 916-651-4020
- Senator Lois Wolk, (Davis, Fairfield, Manteca, Stockton, Tracy, Vacaville, West Sacramento), 916-651-4005
- Senator Doug LaMalfa, (Butte, Colusa, Del norte, Glenn, Nevada, Placer, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yuba), 916-651-4004
- Senator Anthony Cannella, (Madera, Merced, Monterey, San Benito, Stanislaus),916-651-401
- Senator Jean Fuller, (Inyo, Kern, San Bernadino, Tulare), 916-651-4018
In addition to these do-gooder celebs, check out this long list of supporters, including hundreds of Asian Pacific Americans leaders and organizations that have supported this bill.
California needs to follow the lead of Hawaii and Washington to ban the sale, trade or distribution of shark fins. Banning the shark fin trade is the best way to save sharks from the pressures of finning because poaching for their fins will continue as long as fins are allowed on the market. No shark fishery is recognized as "sustainable" anywhere in the world. The impact of the California bill goes well beyond our state: it will deter finning in international waters by ending the fin trade here.
Photo, Fred Buyle; Diver, William Winram
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