Ask Leland Yee:  Save our Sharks from Soup! #sfmayor
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Leland Yee for Mayor
Leland Yee
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Ask Leland Yee: Save our Sharks from Soup! #sfmayor

    1. Mike Kwan
    2. Petition by

      Mike Kwan

      San Francisco, CA

A bill which would make it illegal to "possess, sell, offer for sale, trade, or distribute a shark fin" is being opposed by California State Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), who is running for mayor of San Francisco.  Every year, an estimated 70-100 million sharks are killed, mostly for their fins, to make shark fin soup.  That means approximately 250,000 sharks are killed everyday.  The vast majority of sharks are finned on the ship, and then tossed overboard to drown.  A pound of shark fins can then be sold for up to $500, making this a multi-billion dollar industry.  90% of the world's sharks have been decimated, in large part to this cruel and unsustainable trade.  California is the largest importer and consumer of shark fin products outside of Asia. 

As a vocal opponent of a ban on shark fins in California, Mr. Yee publicly declared his opposition to AB 376 and united behind organized opposition to a shark fin ban, stating that it limited Chinese culture and would unfairly outlaw fins from shark species whose status is not endangered.  However, the rate of shark fin consumption is unsustainable, and it would be difficult to monitor all fishermen activity.  The federal ban on shark finning off of US waters is not enough, we must close markets in California to reduce all sharks from being killed abroad.  Let's promote truly sustainable consumption habits, and set a precedent for other countries such as China, to committ to a shark fin ban.

We call on Leland Yee, ALL San Francisco candidates for mayor, and members of the California legislature to support a ban on shark fins (and commit to enforcing it if passed). While candidates such as Leland Yee should be applauded for his history of defending ethnic communities, a ban on shark fins is not an attack on Chinese culture.  It is in our collective interest to protect the top predators in our oceans, by ending this unsustainable tradition which could result in the extinction of shark species around the world and a collapse of our ecosystem.  Without sharks, we have an overabundance of smaller fish such as sardines, which leads to a shortage of plankton in our ocean and major implications for our planet's supply of oxygen and climate change!  In addition, research has shown that shark fins have high mercury content, which could lead to cancer and other health problems.

We must change our habits and save our sharks before it's too late.  If we continue eating sharks at this rate, they will be gone forever.  Tell Leland Yee and our elected officials to protect our sharks!  

Please share with us your comments especially if you are a San Francisco or California resident, or Chinese American! 

Mayoral candidates who have written statements in support of the ban:  David Chiu, Phil Ting, Bevan Dufty, John Avalos, Joanna Rees

Photo:  John Upton / The Bay Citizen

Recent signatures


    1. Governor Brown has signed CA Assembly Bill 376!

      Mike Kwan
      Petition Organizer

      CA joins Hawaii, Oregon and Washington State in banning the sale of shark fin. While Leland Yee did not change his vote, this is a hard-won victory. By banning the shark fin, which is up to 200X the price of the shark meat, we effectively stop the #1 reason why shark populations are being decimated world-wide. Shark fin soup is a cultural tradition that Chinese people can live without. On the otherhand, our oceans and our world cannot live without sharks.

      Congratulations to everyone who worked on passing this bill, and may sharks be further protected worldwide!

    2. Reached 2,000 signatures
    3. Keep taking action! Fight still ahead.

      Mike Kwan
      Petition Organizer

      Please call Senators on Appropriations between now and August 15. Help pass AB 376 WITHOUT amendments! Opponents want to allow sales of fins from "sustainably" caught shark species. This is unenforceable and perpetuates the shark fin trade.

    4. Mike Kwan
      Petition Organizer

      Could it be? That LELAND YEE will SUPPORT the shark fin ban??? According to SFist, "Yee's team says he plans to support the ban, even though he was opposed to it a month ago."

    5. Please call the CA Senate Natural Resource Committee members

      Mike Kwan
      Petition Organizer

      Californians! AB 376 will be in the Senate Natural Resources Committee this Tuesday. If it doesn't pass the committee, the ban dies, please make a call to State Senators!

      Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water | Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee

      Natural Resources and Water meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 9:30 A.M. in Room 112.

    6. Reached 1 signatures
    7. Mike Kwan
      Petition Organizer

      Good news today. California Assembly voted to prohibit sale of #sharkfin AB 376 now moves to the State Senate! Happy to see this also: Dennis Herrera became the sixth San Francisco mayoral candidate to publicly support the CA shark fin ban! Check out the statement on his website!

    8. Mike Kwan
      Petition Organizer

      From SeaStewards: Shark Protection Bill 376 Vote Near, Contact these Assemblymembers who need to hear from you!

    9. Mike Kwan
      Petition Organizer

      Got a phone call earlier today from Joanna Rees's campaign, who sent a short statement via Twitter: "Yes, I support shark fin ban legislation. We need to protect our oceans. Thx for your work on this issue" @JoannaRees . 6 candidates out of 9 now support the shark fin ban!

    10. Mike Kwan
      Petition Organizer

      Campaign staff from Dennis Herrera kindly called a week ago, who explained Mr Herrera is opposed to shark finning but would not be taking a stance on the state-wide ban.

    11. Mike Kwan
      Petition Organizer

      As of today, I have heard from 5/9 San Francisco mayoral frontrunner candidates who's campaigns are publicly supporting the CA statewide shark fin ban. They are David Chiu, Phil Ting, Bevan Dufty, Tony Hall and John Avalos. From Mr. Avalos, who recently announced his run for mayor, today via Twitter: "Yes John supports CA #sharkfin ban. He says it's critical for preserving oceanic ecosystems" @avalossf

    12. Mike Kwan
      Petition Organizer

      Today the Governor of Washington signed into law a ban on shark fins! The bill passed overwhelmingly in both houses :) The vote in California is coming soon...please continue spreading the word!

    13. Mike Kwan
      Petition Organizer

      Yee tries to clarify shark fin position.

      His arguments have been rebutted again and again. 1) The most effective and guaranteed way to stop the killing is to ban the sale. You can't fully enforce the trade and ocean. 2) If we allow un-endangered species to be killed, it's only a matter of time for these sharks to become extinct as well, especially with China and an unchecked and growing demand for shark fin.

    14. No shark fin soup at weddings

      Mike Kwan
      Petition Organizer

      Do you know of any Chinese couples who are replacing shark fin soup on their menu with something more sustainable? Shark Truth is holding a wedding contest and wants to hear from you! Please contact: or see the website:

    15. Mike Kwan
      Petition Organizer

      Awesome. NEW POLL shows: 76% California voters and 70% Chinese American voters support the shark fin ban! 86% Chinese American voters expressed concern about shark finning impact. KTVU story:

    16. Yao Ming in San Francisco

      Mike Kwan
      Petition Organizer

      Yao Ming shoots a PSA in San Francisco opposing shark fin soup! Meanwhile, Mayor Ed Lee, who previously said he opposes the shark fin ban, said he's "I'm willing to learn what it is that people are suggesting the objective of banning is. I'm open to that."

      Yao Ming On Shark Fin

      KTVU Interview with Yao Ming discussing his work with WildAid on shark conservation.

    17. Mike Kwan
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you SF mayoral candidate Bevan Dufty for supporting the ban! Here is the reply I received from his campaign: "Thanks for writing to me about the proposed ban on the sale and possession of shark fins used to make shark fin soup. I agree with you 100%. Scientists estimate that 73 million sharks are being killed every year – and that 90% of the sharks found in the world's open oceans have disappeared. Capturing sharks, cutting off their fins and leaving them to die is a cruel practice; destroying the food chain in the world's oceans is irresponsible. California needs to join other enlightened states like Hawaii in banning shark fins."

    18. Mike Kwan
      Petition Organizer

      From Judy Ki, a representative for Asian Pacific America Ocean Harmony Alliance (APAOHA) : APAOHA worked hard on the ban at the California Democratic Party Convention. As I told both David and Phil, courage means doing what's right, not what's convenient. We also earned the support of the API Caucus. They voted unanimously to support our resolution for AB 376. It's been a great few days at the convention.

    19. Mike Kwan
      Petition Organizer

      1000 signatures in 2 weeks!! Thank you for signing everyone! I will be following up with all of the mayoral candidates and Assemblywoman Fiona Ma this week to get an update on where they stand.

    20. Reached 1 signatures
    21. Mike Kwan
      Petition Organizer

      San Jose shark fans! I just created a petition to ask the Sharks to encourage fans to stop eating shark fin soup. Assemblyman Paul Fong, who introduced AB 376, is also from San Jose

    22. Mike Kwan
      Petition Organizer

      It's on like DONKEY KONG!! Jess Leber, environmental editor from wrote an article today featuring this petition and the shark fin debate in San Francisco! Thank you Jess!

    23. The San Francisco Mayoral Race and the Shark Fin Soup Divide

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      California's proposed ban on shark fin sales, proposed in February, has sparked heated debates within the state's large Chinese American population, a culture which traditionally elevates shark fin soup to a status-symbol delicacy.
      But nowhere has...

    24. Reached 750 signatures
    25. Mike Kwan
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to SF mayoral candidates David Chiu and Phil Ting for supporting the shark fin ban! SF Gate (4/30) "Chinese politicians must navigate shark fin issue"


    Reasons for signing

    • Gail Hammond KEMAH, TX
      • about 3 years ago

      It's a proven fact that the killing of sharks for their fins is upsetting the ocean's eco system. This is a very valid petition.

    • Brie Ledesma LEAGUE CITY, TX
      • about 3 years ago


      Every day in countries around the world, animals are fighting for their lives. Animals around the globe are counting on compassionate people like you to give them a voice and be their "heroes" by learning about the issues they face and taking action. Each of us have the power to save animals from nightmarish suffering and best of all; it's easier than you might think.

      The time has come Ladies and Gentlemen, to stop thinking of animal rights as distracting or less deserving of our time and energy than other struggles for social justice. As Martin Luther King, Jr., said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." All oppression, prejudice, violence, and cruelty are wrong and must be rejected no matter how novel the idea or how inconvenient the task.

    • Edward Solis SAN JOSE, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      if you want soup, how about Campbell.

    • Maeda Hiroko CHIBA, JAPAN
      • about 3 years ago

      Please keep harmony with nature,animals and human right.This earth belong to not only human but also animals and plants,other living things.Humans should not commit crime anymore.

    • Maeda Kimiko CHIBA, JAPAN
      • about 3 years ago

      Humans are selfish and irresponsible.We should keep company with enviroment,animals and humas right.We should respect other nature.Please don't commit human's crime anymore.I am against animal and nature's abusing.


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