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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.


Fins Banned in Saipan

Written by United Conservationists on Wednesday, 03 August 2011 10:33.

When I set out to make Sharkwater, I wanted people to see what I saw, an incredible undersea world that is so foreign to most of the planet. I had no idea it would become a human drama that would take over four years, span 15 countries, and nearly end my life. I couldn’t have imagined sea battles with shark poachers, boat rammings, gunboat chases, mafia, espionage, corrupt court systems, charges of attempted murder, or that I’d contract West Nile disease, dengue fever, tuberculosis, or flesh-eating disease, never mind all four.


Making Toronto Fin Free

Written by United Conservationists on Friday, 17 June 2011 10:33.

Rob Stewart and leading environmental NGOs, including United Conservationists, launch a summer long "Celebrate Sharks" campaign and coalition to ban shark fins in Toronto.

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