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OPINION: The “War on Poaching” Needs a Different Approach to the “War on Drugs”

The following Op/Ed is by Peter Knights, Co-Founder and Executive Director of WildAid.

WildAid Applauds California on Eve of Shark Fin Ban

Urges federal government not to overturn state bans

As of midnight tonight the shark fin trade will be illegal in California, a leading market for the product in America. California will join Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Oregon, and Washington, as well as Guam, American Samoa, and Northern Mariana Islands, that have passed similar laws to protect sharks. However, these bans are in jeopardy due to a proposed clause to the federal Shark Conservation Act of 2010.

WildAid's Comment to Keep Shark Fin Bans in Place

June 28, 2013

TO: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce

RE: NOAA-NMFS-2012-0092 Comments

These comments are submitted on behalf of WildAid, a registered US 501c3 charitable organization, its Board of Directors, and our members. WildAid focuses on addressing consumer demand for products from threatened wildlife, and has been working since 2000 to drive decreased consumption of shark fins.

Shark Savers Launches “I’m FINished with Fins” Campaign in the World’s Shark Fin Trade Capital

Notables publicly pledge to not eat shark fin soup, ask Hong Kongers to take the same pledge!

Maggie Q Joins WildAid’s “Say No” Campaign


Maggie Q is joining fellow WildAid Ambassadors Yao Ming, Li Bing Bing, and Jackie Chan for the “Say No” campaign urging consumers not to buy ivory and rhino horn products. The star of Nikita filmed several public service announcements in New York City yesterday for the campaign launched in April in partnership with WildAid, African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), and Save the Elephants.