WildAid’s campaign to reduce use of shark fin is making a huge impact in Asia by decreasing the demand for and the import-export business of shark fin. According to the South China Morning Post, the Census and Statistics Department of Hong Kong reported that shark fin imports have reduced from 10,292 tons to 3,087 tons from 2011 to November 2012; over a 70% decline.
Threatening the security and prosperity of wildlife and people around the world, the illegal wildlife trade has been raising serious concerns among the U.S. State Department, who last month revealed their plan to combat wildlife trafficking in a partnership meeting led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Recently protected as a migratory species under Australian law, international communities are picking up momentum to stem the rapid decline of giant manta rays, whose global numbers have dropped by 30%.
Charity Navigator awarded WildAid with a 4-star rating, outranking many other renowned organizations, such as the World Wildlife Fund and Conservation International, as one of the most fiscally responsible, accountable and transparent charities in America.
The Government of Costa Rica declared zero tolerance to shark finning, in a ceremony held this morning at Manuel Antonio National Park, Quepos. There, with the presence of environmentalists, the President of the Republic, Laura Chinchilla, signed an executive order. Under this order, imports of shark fins into the country will be banned. Shark finning practices were already forbidden in the Costa Rica territory and waters.