Petitions and Pledges
A selection of the many global shark conservation petitions and pledges that you can sign.
Links to HKSF’s Twitter feeds and Facebook page, plus some of the most popular Facebook groups relating to shark conservation.
Our bank details for donations and deposits.
Petitions & Pledges
An increasing number of Governments around the world are considering implementing various shark conservation bills. These ONLY work with signatures – lots of them! Plus, making a personal pledge never to consume shark products is a great step but it’s even greater if you can publicly promote that decision to encourage more support for the cause.
CAVEAT: Please note that HKSF campaigns against shark finning purely on the basis of environmental sustainability. The views of other organizations are not necessarily the same as ours.
Global ban on shark finning
With an ambitious target of 100,000 signatures, this petition by SupportOurSharks.com is targetted at United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon.
Support California bill to ban shark finning
The controversial proposed bill AB 376 continue to court debate over the erroneous accusation that banning shark fin is an attack on Chinese culture. Follow the bill’s progress via SharkSavers and sign the APHOHA petition asap because the bill is up before the Appropriations Committee on 15 August 2011.
Petition to protect Europe’s sharks
Global organisation Shark Alliance propose this petition to EU ministers asking them to strengthen and enforce the EU Shark Action Plan that was approved in 2009.
Hong Kong SAR to ban selling of shark fin in restaurants
Hong Kong citizen creates petition asking the HKSAR Chief Executive to ban the selling of shark fin soup in local restaurants.
Tao Heung Restaurant in Hong Kong: STOP selling shark fin soup!
It is estimated that over 100 million sharks are killed every year and Tao Heung is one of Hong Kong’s LARGEST restaurant groups with over 80 restaurants in Hong Kong AND 80 in mainland China still serving shark fin soup.
The company has resisted the trend in Hong Kong to drop shark fin soup from their set menus, ignoring the will of many Hong Kong people who are against this cruel, unsustainable and out-dated tradition.
Is Tao Heung going to wait until sharks go extinct before it admits that there is a problem?
Tao Heung has a firm corporate responsibility to end this cruel and unsustainable practice to save sharks and our oceans by immediately removing shark fin soup from all its menus, especially its set menus. Just as Hong Kong consumers have a responsibility to stop eating shark fin, restaurant groups like Tao Heung also have an equal corporate responsibility to stop selling it.
If you feel as strongly about this issue as HKSF does, please kindly
1. sign this petition AND
2. send the decision makers an email telling them what you think!
Chairman Chung Wai-Ping
Joanne Choi, Media
Hong Kong Shark Foundation
Chinese legislation to ban shark fins
A new proposal by a member of China’s parliament seeks to ban the shark fin trade within China which, along with Taiwan and Hong Kong, accounts for 95% of the world’s consumption of shark fins.
Remove shark-related products, including fins, from the menus of all Traditional Chinese Restaurants/Food Outlets
Hong Kong is without a doubt one of the world’s largest consumers of shark-related products, including shark fin. It is estimated that suppliers in over 100 countries spanning across 7 continents have exported their shark fin products to Hong Kong in the past 10 years.Whilst a large portion of these products will be re-exported to other countries such as mainland China, a notable share is retained within Hong Kong and distributed among vendors and retailers, including dried goods stores, markets, hotels and restaurants, for local purchase and consumption. The largest vendors of shark-related products in Hong Kong are the traditional Chinese restaurants of major hotels and catering companies. This petition is hence aimed at the local hotels and caterers managing restaurants of traditional Chinese cuisine. The aim is to control Hong Kong’s demand of shark through:
1) Removing shark-related products, including shark fin, from the menus of restaurants, unless the products are proven to be from sustainable sources;
2) Ceasing the sourcing of shark-related products, unless the products are proven to be from sustainable sources.
HK Government to make a public policy not to serve shark fin at official functions
From HK Shark Foundation: On Friday 13th , the government of the HKSAR announced an internal policy that Bureaux and Departments should not consume shark fin at official functions, and furthermore when functions are organised by others, Bureaux and departments will also notify their hosts in advance that government officials will not consume shark fin. Thus taking a unique opportunity to educate others. HKSF and supporting partners launched its Change.Org petition for the government to ban shark fin at official functions with a target of 10,000 signatures. The petition was strategically handed to the Government before attaining its target during the 2012 Administration Change specifically to inform the new Government of community concerns about the issue. By August this year the petition had over 10,000 signatures as a result of multiple pressures and awareness raising. In its announcement the Government acknowledged international and local concern around the issue. Our sincerest thanks to the thousands who signed the petition.
Project Aware ‘Give Sharks a Fighting Chance’ petition
Project Aware is gaining the attention of policymakers worldwide, closing loopholes in existing global shark management policies and insisting on full protection for Endangered and Critically Endangered sharks. This petition is targeted at the next CITES conference.
Humane Society International: No Shark Fin Pledge
HSI campaign primarily against the cruelty of shark-finning.
SharkSavers: Say ‘No’ to shark fin soup
SharkSavers: Say ‘No’ to shark fin soup
Signing up to a shark group on Twitter or joining a Facebook group might not seem like a very direct action, but the power of this type of social media should not be underestimated – both for keeping you abreast of the latest shark news to share and for showing your support publically for a whole range of shark conservation campaigns.
HKSF on Facebook
HKSF on Instagram
HKSF on Twitter
Whilst there are many individual groups on Facebook relating to shark conservation in general, and to shark-finning in particular, we would like to draw your attention to the following…
Whilst there are many individual groups on Facebook relating to shark conservation in general, and to shark-finning in particular, we would like to draw your attention to theThere are also a number of groups that are created to lobby against a specific organisation. If you are taking part in this type of activity, please remember to do so with courtesy and respect. Antagonising people is rarely as productive as engaging in a reasoned and reasonable conversation!
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Non-profit organization, dedicated to the conservation of sharks, rays and their habitats.
Innovative shark tagging and tracking programme for great white sharks, allowing you to monitor your adopted shark wherever and whenever you want to.
WWF Adopt a Great White Shark
Kid-friendly programme with different price packages available, two of which include a cuddly shark toy.
Shark Trust Adopt a Shark
Adoption programme covering both Great White and Basking sharks.
As a registered charity, HKSF is wholly reliant upon the support, generosity and commitment of others. If you would like to support our efforts to further the shark conservation cause in Hong Kong, there are several ways in which you can help directly.
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Although our operational costs are relatively low compared to other similar organisations, we still require ongoing funds to cover core staffing, premises and equipment, IT support, business administration and accounting, and the production of marketing and educational collateral. If you are interested in providing grants or funding to HKSF, please contact [email protected]
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If you work in any of the following areas and can offer pro bono services, please contact [email protected]
Website design, management and content management
Chinese language copywriting/translation
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HKSF works across a diverse range of events and campaigns, some of which would be highly appropriate for corporate sponsorship. For example, Gala Dinner: We are currently exploring hosting a gala dinner with a Chinese banquet serving a celebrated shark-fin alternative and we are looking for venue, catering, entertainment and marketing/media sponsors.