Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, which operates 72 luxury hotels worldwide, announced on January 17th that it would no longer serve shark fins across its portfolio of properties. Headquartered in Hong Kong, the hub of the shark fin trade, Shangri-La’s announcement comes right before New Year celebrations in China, which is said to be the main season for consuming shark fin soup.
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.
WildAid welcomes the news that Canadian Member of Parliament Fin Donnelly announced federal legislation banning the trade in shark fin. This is the first import ban initiated by a national government in the western hemisphere.
We applaud his leadership as a strong example of a federally elected official taking action to counter plummeting shark populations worldwide," said Rob Sinclair, Executive Director of WildAid Canada.
WildAid Canada welcomes the news that the Town of Oakville has, by a vote of 7-0 last night, banned the sale and possession of shark fin and related products.
The shark fin ban was proposed this June and received unanimous support from the Oakville Council, who agreed to draft and vote on a new bylaw by the end of the year. The Council’s decision to adopt a motion to draft a banning bylaw sparked confusion among many reporters, who misconstrued this as Oakville’s official passing of the shark fin ban this July.
WildAid applauds the recent listing of the giant manta ray (Manta birostris) under Appendix I and II in the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), an international treaty organization concerned with conserving migratory species and habitats on a global scale. Listed on November 25, 2011, member countries are now obligated to provide strict national protections for giant manta rays and their key habitats.