When I learned about shark finning, and what it entailed, I was pretty upset. I don't even like sharks, but I know they're an integral part of the ocean's ecosystem... and they feel pain! Shark finning is just plain cruel, and the numbers of shark fins that are harvested is staggering; it is severely depleting the shark population, which is bad news for the ocean and the planet. I'm happy to read that this practice is being banned, and hopefully the trend will continue.

 

Shark Finning Banned in Guam
posted by: Lauren W of Care2Action

After activist efforts on all levels, from school children around the world to almost 15,000 shark enthusiasts from Care2, Guam's governor signed bill 44 to ban shark finning after the proposal was unanimously passed by legislators.

Guam is the third country to put a bill into place that bans the sale, possession and distribution of shark fins. This practice has become more prevalent over the years because of the rise in popularity of shark fin soup, an Asian delicacy. More than 70 million sharks are killed by finning each year and often the shark's body is disposed of in the sea after the brutal process of cutting off the fin.

We hope that Guam can serve as a model for the future of shark preservation. Sharks are vital for the ocean's ecosystem and "as soon as you start to take out an important part of it, it's like a brick wall, you take out bricks [and] eventually it's going to collapse," states WildAid International director Peter Knights. It is essential that we preserve these amazing creatures and not let them be destroyed in this horrible practice.

Thanks to all of those helped get this bill passed. We are so proud of Guam's decision and hope other countries will follow in their footsteps.

Tags: good news, guam, shark finning

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That is great news, Cara. There's an excellent documentary on it called Sharkwater that you should check out. I also wrote a screenplay about the subject.

I may have seen it in a "biology" class I took (quotations b/c the class was a JOKE). It was pretty heartbreaking/infuriating.

What have you done with the screenplay?

Not too much. I'm really promoting the Oath right now, but I did film an awesome spec trailer for it with Francesco Quinn (Rhah from Platoon), and had a lot of fun with that. Hopefully when the Oath gets made, this will be next. You can check it out on the link below. 

 

EDIT: changed if to when, you know thinking positively and all that.

 

http://vimeo.com/4056582

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