Practically all countries with a coast-line, including the US and Canada, “produce” shark fins via shark-finning. Together, they kill some 90 million sharks a year, probably a low estimate since shark-finning is mostly illegal and not reported. The top 6 are Costa Rica, Spain, UAE, Singapore, Indonesia and Taiwan, each exporting 300,000-2,600,000 kg a year to Hong Kong, then redistributed worldwide.
Anthony Marr brings out his silver bullet aimed squarely at the shark fin trade: “Not only should the shark fin trade be illegal, IT ALREADY IS; all we have to do is to urge the government to enforce its own law.” Other than the CITES’s global laws forbidding international trade of endangered species, in whole or part, dead or alive, he is referring to Canada’s own WAPPRIITA law which he and the WCWC forced out from the Federal government in his/their 1996 Chinatown campaign to ban traditional Chinese medicines containing endangered species ingredients including tiger bone, rhino horn and bear bile, which should also applied to the sharks. Of the 440 species of sharks, over 200 are CITES-1 – Endangered – including the Whale Shark, Basking Shark, Great White Shark, Tiger Shark, Leopard Shark… The shark fins for sale in Chinatown were indiscriminately poached and are of undetermined species, a large percentage of which must be from endangered species. Since we cannot be sure which is which, we cannot allow any to be traded, marketed, sold or served in restaurants. Read about this in his blog: http://homosapienssaveyourearth.blogspot.com/2011/07/anthony-marrs-silver-bullet-against.html
Global TV interviewing the founder of Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE – http://www.HOPE-CARE.org) and the Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC – see Facebook)
Article from the Province newspaper (502,000 circulation) tomorrow, Sunday
Article from the Vancouver Sun newspaper (499,500 circulation) on Monday, July 11
– the largest two Vancouver newspapers, total readership over 1 million
Global TV tonight at 6pm and 11pm, plus Sunday morning news; viewership in Canada 27 million.
Will post when available.
Anthony Marr, Founder and President
Heal Our Planet Earth (HOPE)
Global Anti-Hunting Coalition (GAHC)
http://www.DearHomoSapiens.blogspot.com (AM’s 3rd-book-in-the-making)