AB 376 Action: Bill passed! Next up: Governor's Desk!

  • September 7, 2011 · 5:00 PM
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  UPDATE:  AB 376 has pased the full Senate. Keep your eyes on this group to get info on our next, and last, step: Gettign the Governor to sign it!  

 

This event to be updated soon!

The opposition (some restaurants, mostly) have banded together and hired high-priced lobbyists. They (the restaurant owners) know they don't enjoy the majority opinion on the shark fin issue here in California, so they're trying to buy their way out of being eco-responsible.

 

PLEASE: Contact your state senator (and as many others as you can) and tell them how you feel about this bill. This is California's big eco issue for the year and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel!

Here is a list of ALL Ca Senators and their contact info:   http://senate.ca.gov/senators?order=field_senator_district_value&sort=asc  

 

Call them all! Tell them you're a Ca resident and you want the will of the people to be done!

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    Current status of AB 376:   http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/bilinfo.html  (Headed to the full Senate Floor.)  

        

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    As a Hawaiin native, I am especially sensitive to the plight of sharks and how so many species are on the brink of extinction. Contact your Ca state Senator and  and tell them to vote for AB 376, the shark fin ban bill. This is crucially important and you can help make a difference!

    -Kelly Hu (Hollywood actress and shark advocate), for Power Scuba & the Shark Protectorate 

     

     

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       I can't believe this is an issue anyone has to ponder for even a moment! Shark fin products are the result of cruel and inhumane methods. Contact your state representative today and tell them to help pass legislation before it's too late. Sharks are going away right before our very eyes!"

    Marissa Cuevas (Actress, model, and shark fan) for Power Scuba and the Shark Protectorate

     

     

    BACKGROUND:

    Every year fins from tens of millions of sharks are used for shark fin soup. In most cases the sharks are finned alive and then thrown back into the sea to die a slow and horrific death.

     

    The human appetite for shark fin soup has been a major contributor to the near collapse of shark populations worldwide, including in California. You can not lose an apex predator in the food chain without incurring drastic, lasting negative changes in the overall underwater ecosystem.

    The level of shark take simply can not be sustained. Sharks are slow to mature and slow to reproduce... and there are no viable shark "fisheries" in the world. Once they're gone, they're gone.

    Outside of Asia, California is one of the biggest consumers of shark fin soup. There are federal laws banning shark finning in US waters, but not the IMPORTATION of the fins from overseas. (Major loophole.) This bill (AB 376) addresses that issue by banning the sale, importation, and use of shark fin in California.

    Hawaii, Washington, and Oregon have recently signed their shark fin ban bills into law. So have Guam and the Marianas Islands.

California has always been at the forefront of eco issues, but this one won't come easy. Some are attempting to portray this as an attack on Chinese culture. Far from it. Chinese culture emphasizes a harmony and solidarity with nature. This bill is attempting to restore that harmony.

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Join with us and help stop an eco-travesty. Contact your rep immediately and tell them how you feel. RSVP to the right and let us know when you have done so. Help us build a wave of enthusiasm and excitement!

Bill

Supreme Benchwarmer

 



 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great Leadership!! Great Enthusiasm!! Great group of people who really care to make a DIFFERENCE!!!

    September 8, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    YES! ... YES! ... AND YES!!!! 25-9 is very impressive!!

    September 6, 2011

  • Bill P.

    AB 376 is pased. Great job, everyone! (Fuller post about thi is on our message board.)

    1 · September 6, 2011

  • Bill P.

    They keep delaying this vote, but it SHOULD be sometime this week... but I'm not placing any bets at this point.

    September 6, 2011

  • Bill P.

    Current word is the Senate vote has been tided over until tomorrow (Fri) to give them some more time to formulate their opinion. (This one is contentious and there's a lot of waffling.) That gives us a couple hours in the mornign to call their Capitol offices and urge theri "Yes" vote. please call at least ten Senators first thing in the am, gang!

    September 1, 2011

  • Bill P.

    Walters and Berryhill aides just told me they are both voting "Yes".

    September 1, 2011

  • Bill P.

    Here is a list of ALL Ca Senators and their contact info: http://senate.ca.gov/senators?order=field_senator_district_value&sort=asc // I just called Sen Walters' capitol aid (Kendra) and she said the Senator is now leaning FOR the bill. Also said a lot of calls are coming in. Keep it up, gang!

    September 1, 2011

  • Bill P.

    The floor is in session right now and their capirol aides are fielding a TON of calls on this issue. This from our member, Callie:
    -Berryhill, (leaning NO, but very nice aide told me she's working on him to vote YES.)
    Hernandez (his aide thinks he's on the fence)
    Huff, (plans to vote NO)
    LaMalfa, (might vote YES but possibly with amendments)
    Leno, (still on the fence)
    Runner, (leaning towards YES - let's help her out!)
    Walters, (on the fence - aide says she's gone back and forth)

    September 1, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I found that Facebook IS one of the best vehicles to use when spreading the word. I just posted on Senator Darrell Steinberg's Facebook Wall a message for him to VOTE YES on AB 376. Call your Senators, email them, AND Facebook them.

    August 30, 2011

  • Bill P.

    Senator Kehoe is a firm "Yes" vote as is my own North County Senator, Mark Wyland. It'd be good if you could call some other Senators, perhaps out of your district, and encourage them to vote "Yes" on this bill. Time is critical here.

    August 30, 2011

  • Bill P.

    My MINIMUM GOAL is to "deliver" every San Diego county state Senator with a "Yes" vote!

    August 26, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have made my calls today AND sent emails. Make your voice heard!!! Pas the word around to your friends, family, and your children's friends and their parents. We DO have a big circle of support - it only takes for YOU to reach out!

    August 23, 2011

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