Governor Cuomo urged to sign legislation to protect sharks and oceans
The New York Legislature unanimously passed legislation in both chambers to end New York’s contribution to the dire collapse of shark populations worldwide. Fourteen major animal welfare, environmental and conservation organizations are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign into law A.1769b/S.1711b, legislation banning the possession, sale, trade and distribution of shark fins.
Today, former NBA star and Chinese icon, Yao Ming, launched a major public awareness campaign targeting consumption of ivory and rhino horn in China in partnership with WildAid, Save the Elephants, African Wildlife Foundation, and the Yao Ming Foundation.
Delegates to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) have taken the significant step of voting to protect two manta ray and five shark species at the 16th Conference of the Parties in Bangkok, Thailand this past week. Sharks have been heavily targeted for their fins and mantas for their gills, despite the species’ proven value to ocean ecosystem health and to global ecotourism.
WildAid and NBA Cares, the National Basketball Association's (NBA) global social responsibility program, have announced another step in their partnership promoting wildlife conservation in the United States and aimed at reducing the illegal trade of wildlife products in China.