September 2011

California shark conservation bill passed

2011-Sep-13   ::   (0 comments)


Yesterday, the California State Senate passed a bill, which effectively prohibits the sale, trade, and possession of shark fins within the state, closes one of the biggest markets for shark fins outside of Asia. Governor Brown is expected to sign the bill into law shortly.

WildAid has been at the forefront of this campaign alongside partners including the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Humane Society of the United States, and Oceana. Peter Knights, Executive Director of WildAid conservation society, personally testified before the state legislature on three separate occasions, helping to lend voice to this important bill. Bo Derek, a wildlife advocate and WildAid board member, joined him on one such occasion and was persuasive and eloquent. The Hollywood community including Leonardo DiCaprio, Ed Norton, and Ben Stiller, worked closely with WildAid by lending their star power to our cause, as co-signers of a public letter to State Senators urging support of the bill, and by regularly encouraging public support on Facebook and Twitter.

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