October 27, 2011
Shark Fins Banned; Zoo Elephants Get New Lease on Life
Tuesday was a great day for animals and for Born Free USA.
In Toronto, city councillors overwhelmingly approved (38-4!) a ban on the ownership, sale or consumption of shark fin. The brutal practice of "finning" satisfies a vanity-food demand and is so widespread (an estimated 90 million sharks are killed each year) that it is pushing several species toward rapid extinction.
Later that evening, councillors overwhelmingly agreed (31 to 4!) to have the three elephants being kept at the Toronto Zoo — in poor conditions — be transferred to the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) sanctuary in San Andreas, CA, not far from Born Free USA's headquarters in Sacramento.
I worked on both these issues and am thrilled with the positive outcomes.
Born Free USA strives tirelessly, on many fronts, to protect elephants. And we rallied our team members behind shark ban legislation that succeeded on the U.S. West Coast and now in Toronto. Without your support, we couldn't have done a thing, and so it is you we have to thank for these wonderful victories for the animals.
P.S. If you have access to the OWN cable TV network, be sure to check out tonight's edition of "Oprah's Lifeclass," which includes footage of Christian the lion — a lion, many of you know, whose rescue was aided and documented by Born Free co-founders Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, co-stars of the iconic film "Born Free."
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