Wednesday, January 21, 2009

shark fin protest & boycott

I'm copying an email that I received about a shark fin protest in San Francisco. I actually received this email through my local dive club, Gateway Hammerheads, and Gary & Brenda Adkinson of the Shark Foundation.

If you're in San Francisco on January 25, 2009, please come out and help the Shark Safe project. Many shark species are endangered, some close to extinction. Sharks are under increasing threat from destruction of habitat, world-wide overfishing, and from the direct and enormous impact of shark finning. Shark finning is the distinctly inhumane and completely unnecessary practice of removing the fins of the shark for use in soup or as trophies. After finning, the sharks are dumped in the ocean, while still alive, and drown.

Please see the Shark Safe project blog site for more details about their efforts. I hope the protest is very successful, and I wish everyone the best. I'll be thinking of you!

Greetings Nor Cal UW Photographic Society Directors

The Shark Safe project is a new grass roots shark conservation group. As divers I am sure you are very aware that shark populations are threatened globally. I am also sure that you are aware that the main source of this threat is over fishing for shark fins used in shark fin soup. I am not here to preach to the choir! I am not asking you to sign another petition!

I am asking you to join us and take real action to help save sharks!

We are organizing a shark finning protest demonstration in San Francisco's Chinatown on Sunday January 25th 2009.
for more info:

There are over 100 restaurants in San Francisco's Chinatown that offer shark fin soup on their menus.

We are only asking them to remove one item from their menus.

That simple act can save thousands of sharks.

There are other groups taking up the cause all over the country. Please, as concerned divers join us and help us save sharks today.

Please forward this message to your customers and friends.

Yours in sharks,

Lawrence Groth

Shark Safe

1 comment:

General Viagra said...

I think that it is good that there are people that they want to protect an endanger species like the shark but we need to change our culture. Because Food is part of culture.