by WildAid supporter, Mercedes Rosello
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.
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.
by Steve Trent, President, WildAid
“The economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment” Gaylord Nelson, Environmentalist, former United States Senator and State Governor
WildAid’s continued work with the Galapagos Cargo and Quarantine Initiative, an endeavor committed to protecting the Galapagos Island’s unique biodiversity from exotic species and diseases introduced via food and product shipments from mainland Ecuador, has recently resulted in the streamlining of off-loading procedures at cargo dock facilities on two of the islands as well as a national regulation that requires Galapagos cargo ship owners to renew and classify their ships according to international standards within a one-year timeframe.
By Rob Sinclair, Executive Director, WildAid Canada
In the whirl of cheers, camera lights and microphones that followed Toronto Council’s 38 to 4 vote to ban the sale and possession of shark fin products; it became all too easy to forget the months of challenge that preceded it.
WildAid recently partnered with World Wildlife Fund and Conservation International to conduct a five day workshop aimed at improving the control and effectiveness of the Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS).
The workshop was administered by Harkcon, a leader in organizational and workforce management, and included special guests such as Coco Islands National Park Wardens, the Costa Rica Coast Guard, and Ecuador Undersecretary of Fisheries Officials.
The California Senate passed Assembly Bill 376 today by a vote of 25 to 9. The bill, which previously passed the state Assembly by a vote of 65 to 8, effectively prohibits the sale, trade, and possession of shark fins within the state. Given his strong environmental record, Governor Brown is expected to sign this into law as soon as next week.
WildAid and Kiki Karpus teamed up to create this infographic to explain the process of shark finning, the business of the trade, and why we should care.
Assembly Bill 376, which bans the trade of shark fins, will soon face a critical vote in the California State Senate, and it needs your help. For the sake of the tens of millions of sharks that are slaughtered every year to make shark fin soup. For the sake of the millions of people worldwide who rely upon the health of our oceans. Here’s how you can help:
On Thursday, Assembly Bill 376, which would ban the sale, trade and possession of shark fins in the state of California, cleared the state Senate Appropriations Committee on a 5-2 vote. The bill now moves to the Senate floor, where a vote is expected in the next couple of weeks.