Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Support needed: California shark fin bill

   
What's New:
California shark fin bill AB 376 will now go to the full Assembly floor (80 members) for voting. Now is the time to contact your assemblymember and urge her/him to support AB 376 (more information below).

AB 376: bill analysis for Assembly floor, legislative process

致余胤良州議員:請不要把種族問題扯進來!To Senator Yee: The proposed ban on shark fin soup has nothing to do with race 魚翅婚宴 人情七折
李銳華 啟文 雜思: 魚翅、中華文化、與立法規管
女高中生校门口挺牌呼吁拯救鲨鱼

My wedding saves sharks

Video: Diver in Hong Kong is not at all happy she can't see any sharks as they've all been finned. (If there are no more sharks in the ocean, I'd be traumatized too.)


世界新聞網-北美華文新聞、華商資訊 - 加州提案禁止出售和擁有魚翅,你的看法為
[There is a proposed ban on the sale and possession of shark fin in CA. What is your opinion on this?
A. Shark fin (trade) hurts our environment. It should be banned.
B. This is an attack on a culture. It is an equivalent of the "Chinese Exclusion Act" in the catering industry.
C. I don't eat shark fin soup, and I have no opinion on this.
]



News about shark fin ban (use google translate):
AB 376 Vote Soon; Voters Please Contact these Assemblymembers Sea Stewards
Herrera Jumps on Shark Fin Bandwagon The Bay Citizen 2011-5-23
魚翅禁令建議延後1年生效
世界新聞網 2011-5-21
New shark fin ban bill allows more time to comply Associated Press 2011-5-20
香港政府公开公务吃喝账不点鱼翅剩菜需打包 新浪网 2011-5-20
Shark fin soup lovers could get one-year reprieve San Francisco Chronicle (Politics blog) 2011-5-19
反禁鱼翅案者酝酿行动 称绝不牺牲华裔饮食文化 美国侨报 2011-5-19
鱼翅其实没那么营养 80%左右成分是蛋白质 新华网云南频道 2011-5-18
Focus Taiwan News Channel 2011-5-19
6月16起宣導一系列拒吃活動/喜宴不吃魚翅 中原學生搶救鯊魚 自由時報 2011-5-19
YouTube: Say NO to shark fin Freezemob 2 Hong Kong 2011-5-18
网民拯救鲨鱼 抵制吃鱼翅倡议“七折人情” 中国新闻网 2011-5-18
大学生携手保护动物 拒吃鱼翅 中央社实时新闻 2011-5-18
禁鱼翅保护鲨鱼安省小城开先例!有华人就有鱼 加拿大家园网 2011-5-17
From Costa Rica to Nicaragua: Foreign fleet now lands shark fins in Nicaragua PRETOMA 2011-5-17
再论禁止鱼翅案:提案系伪命题 侨报网 2011-5-17
一项调查显示:鱼翅被水银污染的程度高达70% ningceiqateke388的日志 2011-05-17
Lali King - Shark Fin OMNI BC Cantonese 2011-5-16
爭取開加國先河 安省一市擬立例禁銷禁食魚翅 加拿大星島日報 2011-5-14
Big Deal. I Just Said It. I Didn’t Say It Was True. New York Times 2011-5-14. It's true that it would be difficult to enforce the hard-to-sell shark meat not being discarded and used as fertilizer.
Sabah hotels stop selling shark fin soup Malaysia Star 2011-5-14
Save-shark campaign cooks on persuasion Times Colonist 2011-5-14
Shark Fin and "Waste Not" – True Chinese "Tradition" Matthew Felix Sun 2011-5-13
Hotel says no to shark’s fin mySarawak 2011-5-13
加州鱼翅之争 中外对话 2011-5-12
Shark fight in California China Dialogue 2011-5-12 (video)
Historic Washington Legislation Protects Sharks PR.com (press release) 2011-5-12
Brantford pushes for Canada's first shark fin ban Toronto Star 2011-5-12
To ban or not to ban, that is the question... COARE 2011-5-11
Basketball star Yao speaks out against shark finning MKALWNews 2011-5-11
The Brouhaha Over Shark Fins AsianWeek 2011-5-10
California Considers Shark Fin Soup Ban AssociatedPress 2011-5-10
反對禁魚翅法案聯盟動起來 世界日報 2011-5-9
禁不禁? 華裔官員半對半 — 支持 世界黃頁網 2011-5-9
多吃鱼翅可致男性不育 新闻中心 2011-5-9
Will the San Jose Sharks Help Save Real Sharks? Change.org (blog) 2011-5-9
73 Million Sharks Need Your Help Huffington Green 2011-5-9
Food operators rebuff Sabah’s proposed shark hunting ban Malaysia Star 2011-5-9
Malaysian state plans to ban shark hunting to boost tourism, conserve species Associated Press 2011-5-8
Flashmob Say No to Shark Fin Soup Event: Sun 2011-5-15, Citic Tower, Outside on the sidewalk, 1 Tin Mei Avenue, Admiralty, Hong Kong
美国加州禁鱼翅法案争论激烈 华人热议 大紀元 2011-5-7
余胤良堅決反對要找方文忠談 新浪網 2011-5-7 (Leland Yee 余胤良 Yú Yìnliáng)
Yee tries to clarify shark-fin position San Francisco Chronicle (blog) 2011-5-7
香港藝人郭秀雲 在港推動不吃魚翅 世界新聞網 2011-5-7
蒙特瑞水族館:7成民眾支持禁魚翅 世界新聞網 2011-5-6
KTSF news clip about press conference KTSF 2011-5-6
SF: Poll Shows Support For Banning Shark Fin KTUV 2011-5-6
Proposed shark fin ban makes waves in San Fran. Associated Press 2011-5-6
Poll: California's Chinese Americans Overwhelmingly Support Ban On Shark Fin Trade Monterey Bay Aqarium 2011-5-6
姚明:保護鯊魚不喝魚翅湯 中央社 2011-5-6
環保組織禁魚翅 請到姚明助陣 世界日報 2011-5-6
沙州將禁獵售鯊魚魚翅 星洲互動 2011-5-6
邱信福、丁右立支持禁魚翅 世界日報 2011-5-4 (David Chiu 邱信福 Qiū Xìnfú; Ed Lee 李孟賢 Lǐ Mèngxián)
飲食新起點﹕環保「魚翅」 明報專訊 2011-5-4
從善如流 兩岸美食交流 魚翅不上桌 環境資訊中心 2011-5-4
龍景軒 世界日報 2011-5-3. Lung King Heen (龍景軒) is the only Cantonese restaurant in Hong Kong that has been awarded the maximum three Michelin stars by the 2008 Hong Kong and Macau edition of the Michelin Guide.
The San Francisco Mayoral Race and the Shark Fin Soup Divide Change.org (blog) 2011-5-2
Priced Off the Menu? Palau’s Sharks Are Worth $1.9 Million Each, a Study Says New York Times 2011-5-2
致全球华人的地球日公开信:拯救黑熊和鲨鱼 凤凰网 2011-5-1
Chinese politicians must navigate shark fin issue San Francisco Chronicle 2011-5-1
支持AB376者:不認為有歧視 星島日報 2011-4-30
伍國慶指禁魚翅法案有漏洞 新浪網 2011-4-30 (Mike Eng 伍國慶 Wǔ Guóqìng)
Also see: 馬世雲 反對禁魚翅法案 世界新聞網 2011-3-7 (Fiona Ma 馬世雲 Mǎ Shìyún). Please contact Asm. Fiona Ma and urge her to vote YES on AB 376 (916/319-2012, fiona.ma@asm.ca.gov).
操往方文忠辦公室找不著人 反對禁魚翅民眾示威撲空 星島日報 2011-4-30
Oregon House passes bill banning shark fin soup Seattle Times 2011-4-29
關麗珍:禁魚翅並非歧視華裔 世界新聞網 2011-4-29 (Oakland mayor Jean Quan 關麗珍 Guān Lìzhēn)
Taiwan drops shark's fin soup from Beijing banquet Monsters and Critics 2011-4-29
Community members to hold rally against shark fin bill KTSF Channel 26 News 2011-4-29
觀光局:北京台菜宴不用魚翅 中央社 2011-4-28
反對禁魚翅 周五大示威 新浪網 2011-4-28
全球华人向鱼翅说“不” 保护鲨鱼需要立法 中新网 2011-4-27
李孟賢直認吃魚翅昂然反對施禁 新浪網 2011-4-27 (Ed Lee 李孟賢 Lǐ Mèngxián)
Mayor Lee Resists Stopping Shark Torture NBC Bay Area 2011-4-27
Mayor Ed Lee opposed to shark fin soup ban San Francisco Chronicle 2011-4-26
伍國慶反對禁魚翅 世界日報 2011-4-25 (Mike Eng 伍國慶 Wǔ Guóqìng, Fiona Ma 馬世雲 Mǎ Shìyún). Please contact Asm. Fiona Ma and Asm. Mike Eng and urge them to vote YES on AB 376.
方文忠:禁魚翅絕非歧視華人 世界新聞網 2011-4-25
七代志新浪环保等机构倡议航空公司勿登鱼翅广告 新浪网 2011-4-25
Attitudes Shifting on Shark Fin Soup New York Times 2011-4-25 (survey)
美各州重環保 禁魚翅成風潮 中央社 2011-4-22
Oregon considers banning shark fin soup The Seattle Times 2011-4-22. "The House Agriculture and Natural Resources committee this week unanimously endorsed House Bill 2838 and sent it to the floor with a recommendation for passage."
全球華人聯合發起地球日活動籲拒吃魚翅和熊膽 大陸頻道 新浪網 2011-4-21
業者:禁魚翅 就是歧視華人 世界日報 2011-4-21
Shark Champion Awards recognise efforts of Chinese campaigners 2011-4-18. Many thanks to Mr Ding Li Guo 丁立國, Mr Wan Jie 萬捷, and Mr Zhang Xing Sheng 張醒生!
王石:全球變局下更要倡導綠色公司 中國經濟網 www.ce.cn 2011-4-18
Anti-Shark Finning Exhibition Opens in Support of AB 376: "No Fins, No Future" PR Newswire 2011-4-18
Support Bans on the Shark Fin Trade Huffington Post 2011-4-15
Letter to the editor: Say no to shark fin soup Malaysia Star 2011-4-15
78%港人撐婚宴没魚翅 香港商報訊 八成人接受婚宴沒魚翅 明報 2011-4-13 (article also published in 中央日報 Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Macau, Thailand, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Netherlands, Poland)
Shark fin no longer dish of the day at Hong Kong wedding banquets Deutsche Presse-Agentur 2011-4-13. Here is the survey.
州众议院未对法案进行讨论及表决三百市民州府反对禁鱼翅 全球新闻 2011-4-13
周一組團用大巴士上州府抗議華埠社區發動魚翅捍衛戰 香港新浪網 2011-4-9
舊金山僑社稱禁魚翅案不足挂齒 民生大計更需關注 新華網 2011-4-9
稍後提交加州眾議院表決禁魚翅法案州眾院委會通過 香港新浪網 2011-4-8
禁魚翅案 眾議會撥款委員會通過 世界日報 2011-4-7
稍后提交加州众议院表决禁鱼翅法案州众院委会通过 加拿大都市网 2011-4-7
两天5000人签名抗议歧视性立法 加拿大都市网 2011-4-7
Shark cyber conservation in China The Nature Conservancy 2011-4-6
加州禁鱼翅提案获阶段进展 中餐业者称应全球推广 中国新闻网 2011-4-6
Alhambra Chinese restaurants fight shark fin ban Alhambra Source 2011-4-4
洛杉矶华人支持禁止销售鱼翅提案 做环保先锋 新华网 2011-4-4
反禁魚翅 華人團體施壓州議員 世界日報 2011-4-2

保护鲨鱼,拒吃鱼翅 No Shark-Fin Buying, No Shark Killing 中国企业家俱乐部 China Entrepreneur Club, 阿拉善SEE生态协 Alxa SEE Ecological Association, 中城联盟 Midtown Alliance , 野生救援 WildAid, 新浪网 Sina


04.06.2011
California shark fin bill AB 376 passed out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee with 10 votes (17-member committee). Here is the bill analysis.
AYES: Blumenfield, Bradford, Charles Calderon, Campos, Davis, Gatto, Hill, Lara, Mitchell, Solorio
NOES: Nielsen
ABSENT, ABSTAINING, OR NOT VOTING: Fuentes, Harkey, Donnelly, Hall, Norby, Wagner




Background: A bill has been introduced (by assemblymembers Paul Fong and Jared Huffman) to ban the shark fin trade and shark finning in California, a process where the fins and tails are cut from sharks, then the sharks, often still alive, are thrown back into the ocean.

Please support this bill by sending an email to your assemblymember and senator. Your emails will impact whether this bill will pass. Passing the bill in California (it passed in Hawaii, and the Washington Senate 47-0 House 95-1) will create a ripple effect to ban shark fin in other states and in other countries.

It's an assembly bill (AB 376), and we don't get to vote on it individually, instead our assemblymember and senator will vote on it on our behalf. Email your assemblymember and senator (and the Assembly Committee) to let them know your position on the shark fin ban.

A sample email and the email addresses are on this page sharksavers.org. If you live in California or San Francisco where the bill's opponent (California senator Leland Yee) is running for mayor, do include your location.

San Francisco's assemblymember is Fiona Ma (fiona.ma@asm.ca.gov). She's neutral on the shark fin ban. San Francisco's senator is Leland Yee (opposes ban).


Image: With no natural predators, lionfish populations have exploded throughout the waters of the Caribbean and U.S. Southeast since their accidental introduction by aquarium hobbyists a decade ago. A mature female lionfish produces some two million eggs every year, and those eggs and larvae are carried far and wide by currents—fuelling an ongoing invasion. Divers are trying to train sharks to eat them.

Reasons to ban shark fin

Endangered
1/3 of the species of open-ocean sharks are at risk of extinction just from the last 20-30 years of eating shark fin soup, a practice which kills 26-73 million sharks a year. At this rate, these sharks, which have been around for hundreds of millions of years, could become extinct in our lifetime.

These are the bigger sharks, the top predators of the ocean ecosystem, and thus considered by scientists to be 'keystone' species, meaning that removing them causes the whole structure to collapse. For this reason, the prospect of a food chain minus its apex predators may mean the end of the line for many more species, and the collapse of important fish and shellfish fisheries.

Wasteful
Only the fins are eaten while the rest of the shark is discarded, for the vast majority of the 73 million sharks (analogous to ivory).

Cruel
Due to shark-finning being done illegally in many countries (because they fetch huge profits), numerous sharks have their fins cut off while alive, thrown back into the ocean where they take many days to die.

Not beneficial nutritionally
Sharks, being top predators, have a high level of mercury which is a neurotoxin, which can lead to problems with the brain, central nervous system, kidney, liver, and sterility in men.

Alternative suggestions to banning shark fin, such as eating only sharks which are used whole, caught sustainably, are not enforceable. Similar to the ivory trade, the demand has to be cut, at least for now until the rate of depletion of sharks is slowed down.

Shark fin is not a cultural delicacy that has been singled out to be banned – both production and sale of foie gras (force-feeding) has already been banned in California.

Thank you for helping to prevent sharks from becoming endangered/extinct.

News articles:
www.kqed.org/quest/blog/2011/02/23/shark-fin-trade-puts-sharks-at-risk/
www.eastbayexpress.com/gyrobase/the-great-shark-slaughter/...
www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201102160900 Excellent discussion with Adam Keigwin (representing Senator Yee), John McCosker (California Academy of Sciences), Paul Fong (Assemblymember), and Peter Knights (WildAid), hosted by Michael Krasny.
"End of the Line: Global Threats to Sharks": pdf at WildAid and Oceana. Pew report: "Sharks: The State of the Science"




02.23.2011
Here's Senator Yee's response, and a sample follow-up email

“I wanted to write to you personally to make sure you understood my full position on the recent proposal to ban shark fin soup in California.

I am extremely concerned about the plight of sharks and the ecological impact to the oceans caused by the depletion of certain species. I am a strong supporter of the 2000 federal law, recently strengthened by President Obama, against shark “finning.” It’s a horrendous and cruel practice.

The seriousness with which I take environmental issues is evidenced by the 100% rating I recently received from Clean Water Action, the California League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club – one of only two Senators in California to receive this distinction.

That’s why, while I oppose a complete ban on shark fin soup, I strongly support efforts to protect endangered sharks and stop the practice of shark finning.

I believe we can both protect sharks and preserve the 1,800-year cultural heritage of shark fin soup through the following actions:

* A complete ban on any importation of shark fin to California that does not comply with the federal law against shark “finning” and a ban on the use of shark fins from endangered species of sharks;

* Adoption by California of the federal prohibition against shark “finning;”

* Imposition of strict penalties for breaking these laws;

* Use of such resources collected through penalties for regulation and education about sharks and ocean ecology.

While I do feel that we should find a way to protect a cultural staple, I made a mistake by indiscriminately labeling those who support the ban as “culturally insensitive.” That is neither accurate nor constructive, and I deeply regret offending those who were hurt by my comments.

Those who have labeled my position as one of disregard for the environment and the plight of sharks are making a similar mistake.

My commitment is to seek common ground and pass meaningful legislation that protects endangered species and our oceans.”


Dear Senator Yee,

I'm a Chinese immigrant in San Francisco and I hope you will represent me to support AB 376 to ban shark fin in California.

Thank you for your response sent today on your behalf by Dan Lieberman. Unfortunately, the proposals primarily amount to adopting laws in California that are redundant with existing federal laws. In a perfect world, the federal ban would already be sufficient.

It is important that the ban on shark finning be enforceable, and effective in preventing shark populations from further declining. This has parallels to the ivory trade and our experience with ivory demonstrates that the only way we can enforce it is to cut the demand.

If we Chinese all over the world keep consuming shark fin soup, sharks, which have been around for hundreds of millions of years, will be decimated in our lifetime, with adverse effects on our environment, such as collapsing our scallop fisheries, threatening crab (and abalone!) populations, and disrupting our ocean ecosystem.

If I had thought that Chinese had been treated unfairly in this bill, I would have spoken out vocally about it. I don't think that is the case here. We have to see the bigger picture.

There is no reason to eat any dish, of any culture, that leads to the endangerment of a species. Because we Chinese have caused the depletion of sharks in the ocean, we have an added responsibility to support this ban.

I respectfully request that you reconsider your position in light of the strong interest in this issue demonstrated by your constituents.

Warm regards,
Yvonne Chu
San Francisco, CA



seastewards.org/san-francisco-shark-fin-consumption-contributes-to-the-decrease-of-world-sharks:

"With the Hamilton Lab at the California Academy Sciences Sea Stewards sequenced the DNA of shark fins bought in San Francisco.

Of 19 samples that were successfully sequenced discovered 14 species including sharks that inhabit California waters. Over half are listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN and one was a species threatened with endangerment.

The latter was the prepared noodle and completely unrecognizable. Others were from species that live in the Indian and Atlantic oceans as well as the Pacific Ocean. This is an international trade affecting sharks worldwide. As Dr. McCosker said, sharks cannot be farmed due to their biology. There is no sustainable source of shark fins from any fishery to support the demand.

To screen sharks at the ports is unviable. DNA analysis is a time intensive, costly and laborious process and cannot be (as one caller suggested) used on a large scale to screen sharks.

This is about sustainability. There are sustainable alternatives to shark fin soup. [crab seafood soup]

We are joined by Asian Americans and Asian American groups like the Asian Pacific American Ocean Harmony Alliance in supporting sharks and banning the sale of shark fins."

Also see:
www.scienceblogs.com/... illegal shark fishing in Galapagos
www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201102160900 excellent KQED discussion about enforceability issue
www.eastbayexpress.com/gyrobase/the-great-shark-slaughter/...
bushwarriors.wordpress.com/2011/03/02/... half ton of illegal hammerhead shark fins seized en route to NY
www.kqed.org/quest/blog/2011/02/23/shark-fin-trade-puts-sharks-at-risk
monkeyfacenews.typepad.com/my-blog/2011/02/shark-fin-soup.html
www.sfgate.com/... fewer great white sharks than scientists expected
www.manandshark.com a video by Paul Hilton and Alex Hofford which explores shark-finning in developing nations



Campaigns against eating shark fin soup are being waged in countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong, and China. 禁售魚翅,並不是對中華文化的攻擊。其實,如下所列,很多華人都是反對食用魚翅的

02.26.2011
Jennifer Lee, founder of Project: FIN in Singapore sent this letter to Senator Yee and Assemblymember Paul Fong:

Dear Senator Yee,

As a Chinese advocate for marine conservation, I disagree with your statement that the Californian shark fin ban opposes our Chinese tradition. Shark fin started off an emperor's dish, inaccessible to commoners. The dish was only popularized in the last 30+ years, and we have already caused drastic declines in shark populations around the world.

Calling the dish a part of our Chinese culture provides convenience for the tongue, but this statement is accurate only if you believe we are of royal blood.

Other traditions such as feet binding and arranged marriages that have fallen with time because these no longer have a place on this day. While we take pride in our Chinese tradition, we need to bear in mind that the importance of cultural practices should not supersede the importance of maintaining sustainability.

As a fellow Chinese, may I urge you to lead with greater responsibilities towards our environment.

Jennifer Lee
Founder, Project: FIN (Singapore)
On behalf of 990 members.

03.09.2011
Ding Liguo, deputy to the National People's Congress in China, proposed that China's top legislature should ban the trade of shark fin. Ding said, "Only legislation can stop shark fin trading and reduce the killings of sharks" [2011-3-9, Xinhua, Agence France-Presse]

Some links related to AB 376 in Asia
http://sharksavers.org/en/blog... (Jaki Teo in Singapore writes about AB 376)
(translated) http://www.china-daily.org/Chi...
(in Chinese) http://www.singtaousa.com/0303... (open letter published in sina.com in China, and singtaousa.com)
Other parts of Asia: Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Nepal
Others: Canada, UK/Independent, UK/Telegraph, Australia, France, Netherlands, VOANews, NYTimes
Claudia Li's support letter for AB 376 (pdf)

About me (yvonne): I'm a Chinese immigrant who grew up in Singapore and Hong Kong. My parents, who are still in Hong Kong, run a business, which means I grew up eating a lot of shark fin soup. Both my parents went to university in China, where they met.



Photo: Six-graders met with Assemblymember Don Wagner (pictured) and other local elected representatives to encourage them to support AB 376. They also wrote instructional curriculum about shark ecology, created a website ilovesharks, and are selling T-shirts to raise money for shark preservation. They hope to travel to Sacramento next to encourage state legislators to pass AB 376.

California shark fin bill AB 376 is progressing
03.02.2011
From sharksavers.org:
"Senator Leland Yee ... is still leading the opposition and has suggested ways to change the bill that would significantly weaken it. ... You can help by writing ... to show your support for the bill. Everyone can write, but it is especially important for the legislators to receive calls, emails, or letters from: Asians residing anywhere in the world, residents of the three districts that these legislators represent, and other Californians [my emphasis]."

03.17.2011
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-SF) has signed on as co-author. Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski is undecided. Support letters are needed especially to the Republican members.

03.18.2011
[mountainview.patch.com]: Senator Yee's position is unchanged.


03.22.2011
AB 376 passed out of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee
13-0. Thank you everyone! You can listen to the hearing (mp3 also on this facebook page). Among the people who spoke in support of AB 376 are Assemblymember Paul Fong (AB 376's principal co-author), APAOHA Co-Chair Judy Ki, Monterey Bay Aquarium Vice President Michael Sutton, and WildAid Executive Director Peter Knights. Organizations in support of AB 376 are listed in the bill analysis. Thank you to all members of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, especially Assemblymember Paul Fong.

Next the bill will go to the Assembly Appropriations Committee (four of whom have already voted for the bill in AWPW: Blumenfield, Campos, Gatto & Lara). The hearing is scheduled for Apr 6. If it passes, it will go to the Assembly floor (80 members). If successful there, it will then go to the Senate side.

Letters of support are needed to the chair Felipe Fuentes (assemblymember.fuentes@assembly.ca.gov) and members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee, and to your assemblymember and senator.

1 comment:

  1. Amazing round up of AB 376 news! Thank you for all your work!

    It is definitely time to contact our Assemblymen, I have already contacted Fiona Ma...at least she's neutral on it!

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