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June 24, 2011

Prominent Celebrities Supporting the Ban of the Sale of Shark Fins in California.

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Athlete Yao Ming, actors  Leonardo DiCaprio, Edward Norton, Scarlett Johansson, Megan Fox and Pop Star Ke$ha support the ban of the sale of shark fins in California.

“Despite fisheries attempts at regulation, the inhumane practice of finning continues unabated too, as does the illegal capture of sharks from marine reserves and sovereign waters,” writes DiCaprio.

Up to 73 million sharks per year are slaughtered primarily for their fins to make shark fin soup, a popular Asian delicacy. Shark finning is a cruel and wasteful practice – captured at sea and hauled on deck, the sharks are often still alive while their fins are sliced off. Because shark meat is not considered as valuable as the fins, the maimed animals are tossed overboard to drown or bleed to death. 

AB 376 passed the State Assembly in May by a vote of 65 to 8, which sent the bill to the Senate. Although a recent poll commissioned by the Monterey Bay Aquarium revealed that 70 percent of California’s Asian Americans support AB 376, some Senators remain unconvinced. The bill will face a key committee vote on June 28.

Join these celebrities and voice your support to ban the sale of shark fin. Sign our petition! 

You can also make a big difference, if you live in the districts of one these Senators: please call them before Tuesday, 6/28/2011, when they will be voting on this bill in the Senate Natural Resources Committee and ask them to vote yes for AB 376.

Senator Alex Padilla, (Los Angeles), 916-651-4020

Senator Lois Wolk, (Davis, Fairfield, Manteca, Stockton, Tracy, Vacaville, West Sacramento), 916-651-4005

Senator Doug LaMalfa, (Butte, Colusa, Del norte, Glenn, Nevada, Placer, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yuba), 916-651-4004

Senator Anthony Cannella, (Madera, Merced, Monterey, San Benito, Stanislaus),916-651-401

Senator Jean Fuller, (Inyo, Kern, San Bernadino, Tulare), 916-651-4018