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Actor Advocates Animal Rights in Toronto

It's not unusual for animal-rights activists to visit the Ontario legislature, but yesterday's famous speaker had no problem attracting attention.

Actor and activist Bo Derek ignited some excitement at Queen's Park during a visit to speak about endangered and trafficked species and to promote the website Wildaid.org.

Politicians greeted Derek in the legislature and journalists rushed to an impromptu question-and-answer session with the former Playboy cover girl.

The 50-year-old actor, famed for her role in the movie 10, spoke about the illegal trade of animal parts.

Actress Bo Derek in Toronto to Launch Campaign Against Illegal Wildlife Trade

Actress Bo Derek is in Toronto to launch WildAid Canada. WildAid is a leading force in combating the multi-billion dollarinternational trade in illegal wildlife products. Ms. Derek has been involvedin this issue for several years serving as a US State Department specialenvoy.

This issue made headlines in March with 3 Ontario men being charged with34 violations of Ontario law in a smuggling operation that included easternmassasauga rattlesnakes and spotted turtles.

Bo Derek in Kelowna for WildAid

Actress and model Bo Derek was in Kelowna this weekend promoting her work with conservation organization WildAid.

The star studded organization believes celebrities are often more effective at raising awareness than government organizations alone.

A recent public service announcement against shark-fin soup in China starring actor Jackie Chan and basketball player Yao Ming reached over one billion viewers, says Derek.

Today is World Oceans Day: WildAid Canada Calls for Action on Threat Posed by Shark Fin Trade

WildAid Canada today is sending out materials to over 3,500 Canadian legislators, at the municipal, provincial and federal level, calling for action on the conservation crisis created by the shark fin trade.

Global Update on Shark Fin Legislation

Over the past few months, WildAid has been hard at work promoting, advocating, and lobbying for California’s AB 376, a proposed bill that would outlaw the possession, sale, trade, and distribution of shark fins within the state’s borders. In May, the bill passed the California Assembly by a vote of 60 to 8, and just recently passed the California Senate’s Natural Resources Committee with a vote of 5 to 0, with two abstentions. In the coming months, the bill will head to the Senate Appropriations Committee before heading to the Senate Floor and, if passed, on to the Governor’s desk.

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