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Petitioning Senior Director of Communications Ken Arnold and 3 others

Ask the San Jose Sharks: End Shark Fin Soup Around The World!


Sharkie, the official mascot of the San Jose Sharks, needs your help.

Shark fin soup is to blame for an estimated 70 million sharks killed every year, 260,000 every day.  The vast majority of sharks are hunted for their fins and then discarded in the ocean.  Approximately 10 bowls of soup kills one shark.  It is an unsustainable Chinese tradition which must end if we are to protect our sharks from extinction.  Without the sharks, we lose the top predators in our ocean, causing our ecosystem to collapse.  

California Assembly Bill 376, would make illegal the sale, importation or distribution of shark fin in California.  Chinese-American Assemblyman Paul Fong (D-Cupertino), a San Jose native and co-sponsor of this bill, needs your support in the coming months for this bill to pass. 

Since California is the largest consumer of shark fin outside of China, this would be a significant step towards ending this thousand year tradition.  Since China's middle class is growing quickly, it is crucial that we take immediate action to stop shark fin soup.

The San Jose hockey team can use it's influence among not only their fans but audiences around the world, to raise awareness on this environmental issue.  NBA star Yao Ming, one of the biggest stars in China, is a prominent voice against shark fin soup.

Please ask the San Jose Sharks to reach out to fans.  Let's save sharks around the world from being killed for a bowl of soup.

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Letter to
Senior Director of Communications Ken Arnold
Internet & Public Relations Coordinator  Alison High
Team Mascot S.J Sharkie
and 1 other
State Representative Kevin Mullin
Our sharks need our help, and so does Sharkie!

I'm writing to ask the San Jose Sharks to save sharks from extinction, by asking NHL hockey fans to stop the consumption of shark fin soup.

Shark fin soup is the leading cause for the cruel deaths of an estimated 70 million sharks every year, 260,000 every day. The vast majority of sharks which are hunted are killed for their fins alone, and then discarded in the ocean. It is a Chinese tradition which must end if we are to protect our sharks from extinction. Without the sharks, we lose the top predators in our ocean, causing our ecosystem to collapse.

As you may know, California Assembly Bill 376, would make illegal the sale, importation or distribution of shark fin in California. Chinese-American Assemblyman Paul Fong (D-Cupertino), a South Bay native and co-sponsor of this bill, needs your support in the coming months for this bill to pass. Since California is the largest consumer of shark fin outside of China, this would be a significant step towards ending this thousand year tradition, which was previously reserved for the upper elite. Since China's middle class is growing quickly, it is crucial that we take immediate action to stop shark fin soup.

We hope you can consider issuing a press release or other public statement to raise awareness about the peril sharks are facing as a result of shark finning, or partner with a nonprofit organization such as WildAid. NBA star Yao Ming, one of China's most popular figures, is an ambassador to WildAid, and recently starred in a PSA against shark fin soup.

Without drastic action, scientists say many shark species can be wiped out in the next generation. Please help save Sharkie, and Sharkie's family of sharks from soup.