Tuesday, 15 May 2012

A Guest Post by Fly in the Web

Many of you will already follow two great blogs by Fly in the Web, French Leave and Costa Rica Calling.  If you haven't come across them, do take a look....I can guarantee you will enjoy them.

Fly is busy trying to raise awareness for a cause close to her heart, and I have invited her to my blog to do this guest post:
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You are swimming in the ocean.
Suddenly, you are netted and hauled into a boat.
Your hands and feet are cut off and bleeding you are thrown back into the sea where, unable to swim, you slowly drown.
A nightmare.
But it's not happening to you...it is happening to sharks trapped in the waters off Costa Rica's Pacific Coast, to feed the taste for shark fin soup of the well heeled and well connected in China and Taiwan.
Costa Rica has laws forbidding the practice...but little method of enforcement and, it has to be said, despite the efforts of conscientious law enforcement officers and judges, the blind eye that is turned is of Nelsonic proportions – as always where large amounts of money are concerned.
You may know of the campaigning group Avaaz.....they have recently made it possible for people to use their organisation to start individual petitions, with the idea that if these petitions gain enough momentum, Avaaz itself will take them on.
I have started a petition. The link is here:
http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Stop_the_trade_in_shark_fins_in_Costa_Rica/?launch
Please support it, please tell people about it.
We all know that where a lucrative trade exists, law is pretty ineffective – only money talks to money.
Costa Rica depends largely on its tourist industry and promotes its 'green' credentials to attract visitors.
Pressure on that industry – clients telling agencies that they won't consider Costa Rica as a destination until this disgusting trade is abolished – will do more than any protest to the government.
Costa Rica has a big outsourcing industrial sector.
For those of us with 'Intel inside' our computers, there's a strong chance that these chips will have been manufactured in Costa Rica.
Customers asking Intel whether they are happy to be associated with a country that does not control this barbarity might have some effect – companies being so worried about their corporate images.
I am not a seasoned campaigner...I am a complete numpty about social networking...but Avaaz can do all this if only enough people will support this petition.
Please...save the sharks from the sharks that prey on them.

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Thankyou Fly, and I hope my followers will also help to spread the word.

8 comments:

  1. I'm glad that someone is trying to do something about this.....where I live in Toronto we have a large China Town and Asian comunity..
    Shark Fin soup was very popular, but last year it became a Law that was enforced and you weren't allowed to serve any Shark Fin soup....or be fined heavily. But I'm sure that behind closed doors it is being served.
    Then In this Great White North they are still knocking off Baby Seals....:-(
    It's a shame what some people will do to make a buck......
    Thanks for the link.

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    1. Thank you for the support. At least there's a law...

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  2. Ayak, thank you so much for helping to get the news out.
    Every little helps!

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  3. A worthwhile cause, Fly, and I wish it every success.

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    1. It is a dreadful business and not helped by the restrictuve definitions of CITES.

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