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Shark fin soup threatens to wipe out the world’s oldest predator and damage consumer health

International conservation group WildAid and the Singapore Environment Council today launched a new report and public service campaign to raise the alarm that sharks continued to be slaughtered in vast numbers to supply shark fin soup. Analysis of trade data indicated that fins from between 40 to 70 million sharks are being used annually for soup.

Major Singapore Resort Says No to Shark Fin Soup

Resorts World at Sentosa (RWS) today launched a fund to sponsor research, education and conservation efforts related to marine life, to further the marine conservation cause. The RWS Marine Life Fund will dispatch up to SGD$100,000 each year in 2008 and 2009 and up to SGD$1 million each year from 2010 when the Resort opens.

WildAid and Tencent Announce Strategic Partnership to Promote Wildlife Conservation and Environmental Protection

International conservation organization, WildAid and leading Chinese internet company, Tencent, today announced the formal signing of a strategic partnership agreement to promote wildlife conservation and environmental protection.

Planet in Peril - Shark Finning

CNN's latest installment of the Planet in Peril focuses on shark finning, and the shark fin trade.

Here are two promotional clips for Lisa Ling's investigative report which will air in December:

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/tech/2008/07/15/pip.shark.finning.cnn

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/tech/2008/09/16/pip.shark.finning.cnn

CNN, WildAid - Conservation Home Run

After months of bad news about sharks, along comes this mornings in-depth and quite frankly astonishing coverage of Taiwans sharks fin trade by CNN's-Lisa Ling and Peter Knights of WildAid.

The "Planet in Peril" crew traveled with Knights to Taiwan's southern port city of Kaohsiung, which is considered one of the world's main hubs for shark fins. We watched as the fishermen unloaded their catch. Thousands of fins were thrown from one of the ships that had spent months fishing the international waters of the Pacific.

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