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Actor Advocates Animal Rights in Toronto

It's not unusual for animal-rights activists to visit the Ontario legislature, but yesterday's famous speaker had no problem attracting attention.

Actor and activist Bo Derek ignited some excitement at Queen's Park during a visit to speak about endangered and trafficked species and to promote the website Wildaid.org.

Politicians greeted Derek in the legislature and journalists rushed to an impromptu question-and-answer session with the former Playboy cover girl.

The 50-year-old actor, famed for her role in the movie 10, spoke about the illegal trade of animal parts.

Actress Bo Derek to join Mayor David Miller to make announcement on combating illegal trade in wildlife

Media representatives are advised that notedactress Bo Derek will join Toronto Mayor in making an announcement to combatthe illegal trade in wildlife. The announcement is being made against the backdrop of the Convention onthe International Trade in Endangered Species meetings in the Netherlands and will launch WildAid's (www.wildaid.org) Active Conservation Awareness Programin Canada.

Event: Launch of WildAid's ACAP program

Date: Tuesday, June 5, 2007 Time: 1:00 p.m. Local Time

Groups Release TV Spot Urging Nations to Reject Reopening of China Tiger Trade

In advance of the world's largest wildlife trade meeting next week, 35 organisations have launched a powerful, 4-minute television spot urging China to keep its ban on tiger trade.

One of the UK's leading actors, Martin Jarvis, lent his voice to the spot, which details the consequences that reopening legal trade would have on wild tigers. The public service announcement can be viewed at http://www.endtigertrade.org.

Chinese Know Little About Shark Conservation - Survey

There is growing public support in China for the need to protect the world's dwindling shark population, but little understanding about the connection between conservation and shark finning, according to a survey.

Shark fin, once offered as a gift to emperors, is traditionally served at Chinese wedding banquets and occasions when the host wants to impress guests with expensive and unusual dishes.

Some also believe it is good for health.

WildAid’s Alternative Income Project in Galapagos Wins Prize

WildAid was one of only five winning applicants, out of 311 total, to win the UNDP Equator Prize for our work with the Women’s Association Pescado Azul, in the island of Isabela, Galápagos.

Pescado Azul provides jobs for unemployed women and sustainable economic alternatives for fishermen. Traditionally, the fishermen have relied on declining coastal sea cucumber, lobster, and shark populations for their livelihood. The association provides an alternative by creating a market for yellowfin tuna, a migratory species, which is processed, smoked and sold to tourists.

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