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You Can Help Us Save Sharks
By Jason Heller, July 7, 2007 @ 02:00 AM (EST)

A Letter from Rob Stewart, Director of SHARKWATER

Help us convince Canada, New Zealand and United States to save two species of sharks.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) is considering including two shark species on their protected list. This weekend, 171 member counties will meet to consider new proposals for restricting trade in threatened species.

However, Canada, the United States and New Zealand are among the countries that may oppose the proposal. The meetings occur only once every two years, so if these sharks aren’t included on the list now, we may not get the chance to save them again.

Click here to send a letter to:
  • Canadian Environment Minister John Baird
  • Canadian Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Loyola Hearn
  • William Hogarth, US National Marine Fisheries Service
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • New Zealand Minister of the Environment Marian Hobbs
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These countries were three of the first four to ban shark finning, and sharks need their help, again. Both shark species are in danger because they grow slowly, mature late and have few offspring, so overfishing them is quickly reducing their numbers to incredibly low rates.

100 million sharks are killed each year. Movies such as Sharkwater show that these magnificent creatures need governments to act now.

You can also phone these government officials and tell them that you want to save sharks. Make your voice be heard, before it’s too late! Thanks so much for your help, it will make all the difference in the world.

Sincerely, Rob Stewart; Director, Sharkwater

Canadian Environment Minister John Baird: 819-997-1441
Loyola Hearn, Canadian Minister of Fisheries and Oceans : 613-993-0999
New Zealand Minister of the Environment Marian Hobbs +64 4 439 7400



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