Richard Branson is fin free

Sir Richard Branson is officially on board with the fight to end shark finning around the world, an initiative headed by Sharkwater‘s award-winning director, Rob Stewart — Branson first became interested in the issue after watching it. “The films I really enjoy are films with a meaning or purpose like Sharkwater, which explores the misunderstood world of sharks, and while beautify and thrilling, also exposes corruption and exploitation surrounding the world’s shark populations,” said Branson. “It was such a powerful film that now I’m trying to stop shark finning around the globe.” The business magnate has openly stated that all of his businesses are “Fin Free” and that he supports the movement to make sure others around the world follow suit. “I encourage other leaders and businesses to take similar actions towards saving sharks – an animal critical to the health of our oceans.”

United Conservationists’ Fin Free movement, initiated by Rob Stewart, has resulted in successful legislation in the Canadian cities of Toronto, Brantford, Mississauga, Oakville, Pickering and London, where the sale and possession of shark fins have been banned. Now another city is joining the cause — earlier this week, Newmarket, Ontario enacted the shark fin ban with a vote of 8-1. Legislation has also been proposed in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Singapore, Taipei, New York, and Australia.

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  1. Jennifer • March 30, 2012 @ 10:32 AM

    I actually jsut watch Sharkwater and it was really interesting. Reccomended for sure!

  2. TheTruth • March 30, 2012 @ 5:02 PM

    New York is written twice in the last sentence! Someone Edit!

  3. Joshua • March 30, 2012 @ 5:42 PM

    I say to save our plantet we start eating eachother…

  4. nadine • March 30, 2012 @ 10:29 PM

    yes, eat each other….way better than ruining the oceans

  5. dorothy from oz • March 30, 2012 @ 10:32 PM

    you are losing sight of the issue wiht your offhad comments. sharks and all animals deserve to live here. who thinks it’s a good idea to kill the world over soup. let them eat cake1

  6. ryan • March 30, 2012 @ 10:33 PM

    i agree. go vegan; and kudos to richard branson. evry once in a while, they knight someone worthwhile.

  7. Skuirrel • March 31, 2012 @ 4:07 AM

    It’s easy to be fin free if you only fly planes and sell music & cola…

  8. Nobody Important • March 31, 2012 @ 6:56 AM

    Vegans lol. Like no animals were killed by wheat reaping combines, or how about all the forests cut down in developing countries to grow meat substitutes (like soy, lentils, and chickpeas).

    You want to help the world? Strive for balance NOT fanaticism. Eat less meat, support causes against animal cruelty, live a modest life, and stop feeding this higher-than-thou vegan bull crap down our throats.

  9. nadine • April 1, 2012 @ 1:38 PM

    just skip meat once a week, its healthier. eat less processed foods and you’ll have less forests cut for corn which is in every processed food.

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