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Immediate Action for Sharks Needed!

Written by United Conservationists on Saturday, 19 November 2011 10:33.

Fin Free London & Pickering urgently needs your help!

Sharks need your help. Two towns have motions coming in front of council tomorrow - November 21st in Ontario, Canada, and we need a final push from everyone. No matter where you live.


Fin Free Team to Announce National Campaign to Ban Import of Shark Fin

Written by United Conservationists on Wednesday, 12 October 2011 20:31.

On the heels of the landmark legislation in California, and now Mississauga Ontario, a team of lawmakers, conservationists and citizens (“Fin Free”) are leading the grassroots movement to forward the motion to ban the sale and possession of shark fins in Toronto. With up to 73,000,000 sharks killed each year for their fins and some regional populations down by 98%, this campaign could establish Canada as a leader for shark conservation worldwide.


On October 13th, the Licensing and Standards Committee will meet at City Hall where they will present a recommendation for Toronto City Council to request that the Federal Government introduce import regulations on shark fins. While the FinFree team agrees Federal action is in order, Toronto can and should take action now to help protect shark populations. This is the public’s final opportunity to address the issue here in Toronto, and a showdown bewteen advocates and opposition is set to play itself out Thursday at 9:30am in Committee Room 1.


Rob Stewart – Sharkwater United Conservationists

Rob Sinclair – WildAid Canada

Les Stroud – Survivorman

Julie Andersen – Shark Angels



Ahead of the Licensing and Standards Committee meeting, the Fin Free team will reveal its national strategy to support the ban the import of shark fin in Canada 

as announced by MP Fin Donnelly last month in Toronto. Interviews with key Fin Free team members can also occur.


Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 9:00am EST


At Winston Churchill statue, south west corner of Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto CANADA



Photos available for use from: http://www.sharkwater.com/gallery.htm and http://www.sharkangels.com (Photo gallery) Footage available upon request


Jennifer Zabawa, Campaigns & Outreach, United Conservationists (416) 897-0457  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

100% Fin Free: Party for Sharks

Written by United Conservationists on Wednesday, 31 August 2011 10:33.

Attention United Conservationists, it's time to have some fun!  Join Rob Stewart, award-winning filmmaker of SHARKWATER and innovative conservationist, as he leads the movement to make Canada FIN FREE – rallying for landmark legislation to save sharks by making the trade of their valuable fins illegal. Attend the event.


You can make a difference!

Written by United Conservationists on Tuesday, 30 August 2011 10:33.

When 7-year-old Kassidy heard that over 100,000,00 sharks a year were being killed just for their fins, she jumped into action. For this 1st grade student from Port Carling, asking her family and friends to sign the petition to save sharks simply wasn’t enough. In three short days she gave a presentation in every classroom at Algonquin Ridge Elementary in Barrie, collecting over 600 signatures to support shark fin ban legislation in Toronto.


A Perspective on Shark Week

Written by United Conservationists on Thursday, 04 August 2011 10:33.

For as long as I can remember, sharks have been portrayed in the media as monsters. The film Jaws sealed their fate – from that point forward, all sharks became insatiable man-eaters. The reality of sharks is quite the opposite. Sharks are incredibly sophisticated animals generally uninterested in people. Of the over 500 species of sharks, only a handful have ever been known to bite humans. Every year, 7-10 billion people swim in the ocean, of those 70 – 100 people are bitten by sharks, most of those only requiring stitches. An average of only 5 people die; when sharks do make mistakes and bite people, they rarely remove flesh. If sharks wanted to eat people, they would, and those numbers would skyrocket.

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