Houston Rockets center and seven-time NBA All-Star Yao Ming continued his commitment to wildlife conservation with a visit to San Francisco last month. His visit coincided with WildAid’s first annual Gala on May 5, 2011. Yao was honored with WildAid’s Ambassador Award.
A Toronto City Councillor is moving to ban shark fin in the city as a direct result of a similar by-law recently passed by the City of Brantford. Councillor Glen De Baermaker, a member of Toronto’s Licensing and Standards Committee, said yesterday:
“Brantford is the first municipality in Canada, I say congratulations to them, they did a wonderful thing. I’ll be moving a notice of motion at the June Toronto Council meeting to follow their lead,” in an interview aired Monday evening on Global TV News.
WildAid partner Monterey Bay Aquarium released a poll that found 76% of California voters support making it illegal to sell shark fin soup in the state. The poll found that 70 percent of the 218 Chinese American voters surveyed favored a ban. “Chinese Americans feel no different than the rest of the community,” said Michael Sutton, the Aquarium's Vice-President. “This is a bipartisan issue - men and women, liberals and conservatives, all generations, voice concern for shark finning.”
WildAid commends the leadership of Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire for signing SB 5688, further protecting sharks and ocean ecosystems. Sponsored by Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-San Juan Island, the bill prohibits the sale, trade or distribution of shark fins or derivative products. Previously passed by unanimous vote by the Washington Senate, the House voted 95 to 1 in favor of it.