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September 08, 2011

El Hijo del Santo Fights to Protect Sharks.

El Hijo del Santo in Univision Miami.
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El Hijo del Santo and Producer of talk show "Levantate" in Univision, Miami.

WiLDCOAST and El Hijo del Santo have been in a media tour to talk about the importance of shark conservation and to urge CA state representatives to support AB 376, a bill that would ban the sale, possession and trade of shark fins in California.

El Hijo del Santo is urging California to take the next step to secure the ban on shark fin trade and the importance of it in the Latino community.  “A large percentage of the shark fins sold in California come from countries in Latin America like Mexico, Costa Rica and Venezuela,” said El Hijo del Santo in the morning talk show “Levantate” on Univision.

Shark finning to make shark fin soup has contributed to the decline of a large percentage of shark population worldwide. An estimated 73 million sharks are killed every year for their fins, mostly to feed growing demand for shark fin soup in Asian countries. As top predators sharks help maintain the balance of marine life in our oceans. If sharks were to disappear there would be cascading effects throughout our ocean’s ecosystems.  Also shark finning is a cruel practice, fishermen cut the fins off live sharks, which they dump back in the water still alive. Sharks not being able to swim anymore bleed to death. 

On Tuesday September 6th, the California Senate voted 25-9 to pass the bill. Now it’s on the Governor’s desk and waiting to be signed. El Hijo del Santo sent a message to Governor Jerry Brown to please sign the bill into law to have healthy shark populations and oceans.

California is following the footsteps of Washington, Oregon and Hawaii that have already passed similar legislations. 

To read more about AB 376 please click here.