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Shangri-La Hotels Remove Shark Fins from Menu

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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.

WildAid Lands on TreeHugger's Best of 2011 List

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.

Federal Shark Fin Ban Introduced in Canada

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.

Oakville Unanimously Votes to Ban Shark Fin - Over 3.5 Million Canadians Have Now Taken Action on Issue

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.

Two More Municipalities Ban Shark Fin in Canada

WildAid Canada welcomes the news that London and Pickering, Ontario are the latest municipalities to act on banning the sale and possession of shark fin.

Last night, London Council voted unanimously to call for a ban on shark fin products. At the same time, Pickering Council passed a ban into law by a margin of 5 to 1.

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