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This is a commentary written by Gary Stokes of Sea Shepherd on how the slaughtering of sharks is a Global crisis. It is definitely enlightening and worth reading. He expresses how we all need to "start working on getting your governments to enact new laws to protect sharks locally, and together we can all put a global stop to the shark fin industry." He states how The WildAid statement of “when the buying stops, the killing can too” is very powerful, as is the impact that WildAid is having globally. However if our governments are really in control of our natural resources, surely “if the supply stops, the buying will too” should also have a massive effect. If you don’t like what someone else is doing, simply cut them off. Don’t keep supplying them and taking their money and then criticize them; that’s just plain hypocritical and it reeks of corporate greed and personal interest. It’s just a simple basis of Supply & Demand. Lose one or the other and it’s game over; affect either and you’ll see drastic reductions.
To read the entire commentary please visit the following link and read about who are the biggest importers to Hong Kong and China, you might be surprised what you read.
"After months of public campaigning and pressure by Oceana and other conservation groups, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has officially backed down from a proposal that would undermine bans on the sale of shark fins in Washington, Maryland and California. NOAA has not yet ruled on other states, or clarified whether it will drop disturbing language in a new shark fishing rule."
Please read the entire article on Oceana's website and while this is a victory lets not forget to keep applying the pressure and speakinng up so that the other state bans stay in place as well as securing the possibility of future bans in other states.