Since our 2010 public postcard campaign failed to win over the HKSAR Government, a wave of legislation has swept across the U.S. – with states such as Hawaii, Guam, Oregon and Washington all banning the trade and possession of shark fins.
California, the largest market for shark fin outside of Asia, looks set to be next – with the controversial bill AB376 having passed the Senate and been sent to Governor Brown for signature. With Canadian states starting to ride the wave too… all eyes are turning back to Hong Kong. So, for 2011, HKSF is trying a different tack…
Formal submission as part of Policy Address public consultation
Firstly, the 2011-2012 Policy Address has been opened to public consultation – so we have submitted a formal request, using this channel, that the Government review its policy on shark finning.
Lobbying individual councillors
Secondly, we have sent the same submission to selected sympathetic councillors and requested meetings with them (the first one was held with Audrey Eu on 20 September 2011). This way, we can access their ‘insider’ knowledge on how best to get Government to act and solicit them to conduct their own internal lobbying on the issue.
Finally, we’ve just launched an online petition for the HK Govt, supported by a coalition of shark-friendly NGOs (BLOOM, Humane Society International, Shark Savers, Shark Rescue and SPCA). Please SIGN and share it now. Petitions do work – but only when enough people sign them!
This time, we’re not stopping until we get a positive result for sharks!
2010 Postcard campaign
In 2010, HKSF coordinated a postcard campaign, addressed to Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau and and asking the Government to make a simple commitment not to serve shark fin soup at official functions.
The campaign was backed by a coalition of HK based Green Groups (HKSF, Bloom, WWF-HK, Man&Shark, Greensense, Shark Rescue, Oceanic Love, HKPCSD) and supported by the Civic Party’s Audrey Eu (cf album below for photos of the press conference). Despite this, the Government refused to act – choosing instead to hide behind the outdated, and ineffectual shark fin trade body CITES which places limited trade restrictions on just 3 species, instead of the dozens that are under threat.