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Shangri-La Hotels Remove Shark Fins from Menu

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Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, which operates 72 luxury hotels worldwide, announced on January 17th that it would no longer serve shark fins across its portfolio of properties. Headquartered in Hong Kong, the hub of the shark fin trade, Shangri-La’s announcement comes right before New Year celebrations in China, which is said to be the main season for consuming shark fin soup.

Oregon ban helps protect sharks from extinction

by David Kracke, WildAid International Board Member

(The Oregonian, 01/04/12)

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Key Shark Legislation Takes Effect, as of January 1st

The success of last year’s shark finning campaigns came into fruition on January 1st, 2012, as key legislation took effect in Oregon and California, banning the sale, possession and distribution of shark fins and related products.

Despite the bans, both California and Oregon will still permit the possession of any shark fins acquired prior to January 1, 2012. In California, pre-existing stocks can be sold and distributed until July 2013, when the complete ban takes effect.

A Guest of Sharks

by WildAid supporter, Mercedes Rosello

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Last year I embarked on the trip of a lifetime, taking half a year off to travel through South America. By December I had reached Galapagos. On arrival to Puerto Ayora, the economic capital of the archipelago, I made a beeline for a scuba centre and booked a few immersions to get acquainted with the marine wildlife.

WildAid Lands on TreeHugger's Best of 2011 List

TreeHugger, an online environmental news publication, recently featured WildAid on its list of 'The 7 Biggest Celebrity Hits and Misses of 2011'. The article labeled WildAid's partnership with ambassadors Leonardo DiCaprio, Yao Ming, and Edward Norton, along with actors Ben Stiller, Scarlett Johansson and others, as its top celebrity environmental 'hit' of 2011.

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