Join the APA Alliance To Ban Shark Fin In California
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Join the APA Alliance To Ban Shark Fin In California

    1. Bill Wong
    2. Petition by

      Bill Wong

      Sacramento, CA

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October 2011

Victory

In an effort to protect threatened sharks and global oceans, the Asian Pacific American Ocean Harmony Alliance creates a petition to ban the practice of shark finning in California. 28,000 people sign the petition in support of AB 373, the California shark fin ban. Governor Jerry Brown signs AB 376 into law, ending the sale, distribution, and possession of shark fins in California. 

 

UPDATE: The California Senate passed AB 376 on September 6th! Now the legislation is headed to Gov. Brown's desk. Please urge the Governor to sign this important bill into law!

The Asian Pacific American Ocean Harmony Alliance was created to represent Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) who support the proposed legislation to ban the sale, trade, possession and distribution of shark fin.  If sharks continue to be killed just for their fins, the decline of sharks will upset the balance of healthy ocean and marine ecosystems and leave our children and grandchildren with a world that is less healthy.

Thousands of years of Asian philosophy emphasizes the importance of harmony between nature and humanity.  Therefore it is imperative for Asian Pacific Americans concerned about protecting the Earth’s natural resources to speak up in support of the ban on shark fin.

The legislation will be authored by Assemblymembers Paul Fong and Jared Huffman and is supported by environmental organizations that include the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Humane Society of the United States, Heal the Bay, Oceana, Natural Resources Defense Council, and WildAid.  Similar legislation has recently been successfully signed into law in Hawaii and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.

Because individuals are not listed in support of legislation as part of the state legislative process and there is no existing APA organization that advocates on environmental conservation, the Asian Pacific American Ocean Harmony Alliance was created to represent the numerous APA leaders and advocates that support the ban on shark fin.  Prominent APA artists, activists, scholars and elected officials have already joined the Alliance.

The legislative proposal will be introduced within three weeks and we need as many APAs to join the Alliance before then in order to effectively dispel the misconception that APAs do not support a ban on shark fin.

Although shark fin soup has been a popular traditional Chinese entree for years because of its association with prestige and privilege, the APA community must help reduce the consumption of shark fin in order to protect the ocean ecosystem that keeps our environment in balance.  A number of globally recognized APA chefs support alternatives to shark fin and APAs that want to enjoy premium quality seafood have many sustainable alternatives to choose from.  Even the prestigious Pacific Palms Resort in the heart of Los Angeles’ largest Chinese American community has discontinued serving shark fin soup.

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Victory! California Shark Fin Ban Becomes Law

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Governor Jerry Brown signed the California shark fin ban, AB 376, into law on Friday, making California the the fourth state to pass a ban on the sale of shark fins.
      Shark finning is a process by which fishermen catch sharks, slice off their fins and...

    2. California Shark Fin Ban One Signature Away from Becoming Law

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      The California shark fin ban, AB 376, cleared all of its legislative hurdles, passing in both the House and the Senate. Now the important ocean conservation bill needs just one more thing to become law — Governor Jerry Brown's signature.
      Gov. Brown...

    3. Join the Call-in Day to Ban Shark Fin in California

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      California's shark fin ban (AB 376) is just one step away from becoming law. After passing both and the House and Senate, the bill is now on Gov. Brown’s desk, where he can either sign or let it die.
      Gov. Brown will likely make his final decision...

    4. Recipe for Shark Conservation: Ban on their Fins

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Yet another story evidencing the need for Gov. Brown to sign AB 376 into law!

    5. NRDC Covers CA Shark Fin Ban

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      The Natural Resources Defense Council recently wrote a story about why it's so important for Gov. Brown to pass AB 376. You can check it out here:

    6. Shut Down Shark Fin Hunt on Coast

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Ocean conservationists publish op-ed on the need for Gov. Brown to sign AB 376 into law.

    7. 24,000 Call on Gov. Brown to Sign Shark Fin Ban

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      YubaNet covers the Asian Pacific American Ocean Harmony Alliance's campaign on Change.org.

    8. January Jones Supports California Shark Fin Ban

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Actress and model January Jones recently published a piece in HuffPo about why she supports AB 376. Check it out here:

    9. Activists Push for Ban of Shark Fin Sales in California

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Activists are coming together to ask Gov. Brown to pass AB 376, the ban on the sale of shark fins.

    10. Reached 25,000 signatures
    11. 24,000 People Call on Gov. Brown to Pass Shark Fin Ban

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      More than 24,000 people have joined an online campaign urging Governor Jerry Brown to pass AB 376, the bill that would ban the sale of shark fin in California.
      AB 376 passed the Assembly in May and recently passed in the Senate last week. The only...

    12. Next Month is Crucial

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Governor Brown will decide in the next month whether to veto or sign AB 376 into law. Will you encourage him to support ocean conservation?

    13. Get Gov. Brown on Board!

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      AB 376 has passed almost all hurdles--it just needs Gov. Brown's signature to get turned into law. Urge the Governor to approve this important legislation!

    14. Major Progress: California Senate Passes Shark Fin Ban!

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      In a momentous move for the environmental community, the California Senate passed AB 376, the statewide ban on the sale of shark fin. AB 376 will now move on to Governor Jerry Brown, who will hopefully sign the bill into law.
      Getting senators to...

    15. Major Progress: Senate Passes AB 376!

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Yesterday, the California state Senate passed AB 376, the bill to ban the sale of shark fin! Now the legislation just needs to be signed into law by Gov. Brown.

    16. California Shark Fin Ban on CBS

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      New article: "Proposal to ban shark fin soup." Last chance to urge your lawmakers to support AB 376, the ban on the sale of shark fin in California!

    17. Vote Is TODAY 9/6!

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      The CA Senate will vote TODAY, 9/6, on AB 376, the bill to ban the sale of shark fin in the state. Will your voice your support before it's too late?

    18. Senate Votes On AB 376 Tomorrow (9/6/11)

      Bill Wong
      Petition Organizer

      To learn more about how you can help, watch APAOHA's latest ad...

    19. California Senate to Vote on Shark Fin Ban as Early as 9/1

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      The California Senate is poised to vote on A.B. 376, the bill to ban the sale of shark fin in the state, as early as today, September 1.
      More than 21,000 people have signed an online campaign on Change.org, the world’s fastest-growing platform...

    20. Vote on AB 376 Imminent!

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      A vote on AB 376 will likely happen TODAY, 9/2, and many senators are still on the fence. Please sign the petition in favor of AB 376 and call you senators! http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html

    21. BREAKING: Senate Will Vote on AB 376 TOMORROW!

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      The California Senate will vote in AB 376 TOMORROW 9/2 or Tuesday, 9/6, and many legislators are still on the fence. Please sign the petition and call your senator TODAY! http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html

    22. Ban Shark Fin Possession

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      New editorial about the need to ban the sale of shark fin in California.

    23. Editorial: Take Shark Fin Soup Off the Menu

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      New LA Times editorial describes why the state needs a ban on the sale of shark fins.

    24. Victory! Sen. Curren Price Supports California Shark Fin Ban

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Sharks just moved a little closer to protection thanks to California Senator Curren Price and Change.org members.
      Up until recently, Sen. Curren Price was undecided on how he would vote on AB 376, the bill that would ban the sale of shark fin in...

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Tony knight PLYMOUTH, NE
      • about 3 years ago

      My address should be England (UK)

      This is not just a California problem but a world problem, banning this barbaric practise in California could be the springboard to saving the shark as a species.

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    • Calvin Sloan SANTA MONICA, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      Becuase killing off a keystone species has untold ecological consequences. Protect our oceans!

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    • Christine Beard SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      Sharks are vital to healthy ocean ecosystems. Finning is a cruel and destructive practice that must stop.

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    • Isabel Ortiz-Marquez BURBANK, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      Sharks are an important part of the ocean ecosystem...as the apex predator they predate smaller medium size predators. Without sharks the smaller predators will grow out of control, and consume all the phytoplankton which produces 70% of our oxygen. Without sharks we die. Sharks are killed mainly for shark fin soup, but not even the whole fin is used! Just a tissue no bigger than a grain of rice. Are we reallly going to let the world die so a mafia can profit? We need to protect sharks, which are in my opinion the most amazing animal on Earth.

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    • Malika Hayashida SAN RAMON, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      Everything matters (and every living creature)! If we learn to respect our oceans, we may one day appreciate diversity within us all.

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