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Shark Fin Ban Petition for Hong Kong

November 21, 2011

While bold progress has been made along the Western United States coast  and the state of Hawai’i to ban the sale  and consumption of shark fins, major movements to save sharks from extinction are also occurring worldwide. When Governor Jerry Brown of California signed AB 376 into legislation last month, he said:

“The practice of cutting the fins off of living sharks and dumping them back in the ocean is not only cruel, but it harms the health of our oceans. Researchers estimate that some shark populations have declined by more than 90 percent, portending grave threats to our environment and commercial fishing. In the interest of future generations, I have signed this bill.”

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The state of California was once considered to be the greatest market for shark fins outside of Asia, but as of January 1st all import of shark fins will be prohibited and the sale of shark fins or shark fin soup after July 2013.

Other locations worldwide have also stepped up to support sharks: Toronto now with their own shark fin ban, Chile and the Bahamas with new laws banning shark fishing, Taiwan now has stricter fishing regulations, and now there is growing momentum in Hong Kong discouraging the sale or consumption of shark fins.

Tell the Hong Kong SAR Government: Don’t serve shark fin soup at official functions!

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