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WildAid Featured on QUEST

WildAid’s Peter Knights was featured on the November 25 episode of QUEST, KQED's science and conservation magazine, which explored the issue of shark finning and how one restaurant has changed its menu to comply with California’s shark-fin ban.

Fins from up to 73 million sharks are estimated to be used for shark-fin soup every year, and shark populations around the globe have plummeted. In an effort to reverse these declines, California banned the sale of shark fin in June of 2013. Today, nine US States prohibit the sale and possession of shark fins, including: California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon and Washington.

The program also discussed WildAid’s work to raise awareness and reduce demand for shark fin in China and featured a PSA starring influential Chinese public figure Yao Ming.

In August of this year, WildAid published a new report, "Evidence of Declines in Shark Fin Demand, China" which documented a 50%-70% decline in consumption.

UPDATE: To catch more of Peter Knights in the news check out his recent appearance on MSNBC's Morning JoeCNN, and NPR's Morning Edition.