If you want to save sharks, now is your chance to help the cause. Sharkwater director Rob Stewart and supporters will speak to Toronto City Council about why they should ban the sale of shark fins tomorrow (Friday, September 9) morning at 9:00 am. If you want to have your say, click here to sign the petition and ask Toronto mayor Rob Ford to support the ban.
Yesterday in California, Bill AB376 passed in the state Senate to ban the sale of shark fins, to the delight of Leonardo DiCaprio, who campaigned for the bill and urged his fans to help. Other high profile supporters of the shark fin ban include Edward Norton, Ian Somerhalder, Ke$ha, Kristen Bell, Ben Stiller, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Vartan, Megan Fox, Paul Rudd, Yao Ming, Ang Lee and Gordon Ramsay. In addition to California; Saipan, Guam, Oregon and Hawaii have also banned the sale and consumption of shark fins, and Brantford, Ontario is the first Canadian city to pass a ban on the soup. In Saipan and Guam, school children petitioned their governments to ban shark fins after watching Sharkwater.
Watch the video below to hear from Rob Stewart why he and the United Conservationists want you to join in the fight to save sharks, our environment and people around the world by putting a stop to shark finning, as well as Yao Ming and Ang Lee’s WildAid PSAs addressing shark fin soup and Gordon Ramsay’s video about the “wasteful cruel practice” of shark finning. ~Alexandra Heilbron