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Bo Derek Gives Support to California Shark Legislation
By Joseph Tepper, August 22, 2011 @ 11:00 AM (EST)
Source: ABC News

Actress Bo Derek has voiced her support for a bill to end the shark fin trade in California this week, by joining lawmakers promoting the legislation at the state’s capitol.

Derek, who has appeared in films, television, and even Playboy, has turned towards a career of raising awareness for conservation issues. She currently serves as a U.S. secretary of state special envoy opposing wildlife trafficking and has joined the growing list of celebrities dedicated to the cause. 

"Sharks have been around for nearly 400 million years, and yet many stocks may be wiped out in a single human generation due to the increasing demand for shark fins," Derek told the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Derek and the other supporters of bill AB376 spent much of their time in the state’s capital wearing shark t-shirts and holding stuffed toys, all the while reminding the public why this legislation is so crucial. Although current laws prohibit the practice of finning in American waters, there is nothing to stop boats from bringing in their catch to California- a state that has the most demand for shark fin soup outside of Asia. 

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