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SinoScuba Joins Protest Against Hong Kong Disneyland Shark's Fin Policy

Discussion in 'Good Causes, Petitions and Solicitations' started by SinoScuba, Jun 22, 2005.

  1. SinoScuba

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    SINOSCUBA JOINS PROTEST AGAINST HONG KONG DISNEYLAND
    SHARK'S FIN POLICY

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    June 24, 2005--BEIJING--SinoScuba, Beijing's first
    professional dive operator, announced today that it is
    joining the protest against Walt Disney Co.'s decision
    to serve shark's fin soup at its Hong Kong Disneyland
    theme park.

    "It is regrettable that Disney, the distributor of
    'Finding Nemo,' a film that generated so much interest
    in the protection of our marine environment, has
    chosen to condone and participate in this senseless,
    wholesale slaughter," said Steven Schwankert, managing
    director of SinoScuba, Beijing's first professional
    dive operator.

    "Disney should remember one of 'Finding Nemo's most
    quotable lines, spoken by the sharks themselves: 'Fish
    are friends, not food,'" Schwankert said.

    SinoScuba will be joining the protest by informing its
    e-mail database of over 300 active divers and water
    lovers in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, and Hong Kong of
    the threat to marine ecosystems posed by this needless
    killing of the oceans' apex predator. An e-mail
    message will advise them of the nature of shark
    finning, and asking them to join in sending messages
    of opposition to the serving of shark fin products at
    Hong Kong Disneyland.

    "Should the action against Disney escalate into a
    boycott, we will again call upon our divers to choose
    not to visit the new theme park, and to make other
    choices when purchasing toys and home entertainment
    products for their children," Schwankert said.

    SinoScuba has been a pioneer in furthering marine
    conservation education in China. In 2004, SinoScuba
    conducted the first-ever program in China for Project
    AWARE <www.projectaware.org>, the dive industry's
    largest environmental initiative, at Beijing's Blue
    Zoo Aquarium. At the Blue Zoo, first-time and
    experienced divers alike have the opportunity to
    interact safely with four different species of shark.
    SinoScuba has a perfect safety record after over 100
    such diver interactions.

    A common dish at Chinese banquets, shark fin has
    neither proven medical benefits nor taste. Shark fin
    fishing methods are exceptionally cruel. The shark is
    caught, and while still alive, its fins and tail are
    cut off, then the mutilated animal is thrown back into
    the ocean and slowly drowns, unable to swim. As many
    as 100 million sharks per year are killed in this
    manner, many by illegal fishing operations.

    As a result, scientists and conservation groups
    believe that some shark species are now endangered and
    may face extinction.

    NOTE: NEITHER RICHINA BLUE ZOO NOR PROJECT AWARE HAS
    REVIEWED OR APPROVED ANY PART OF THIS MESSAGE. All
    company and/or product names may be trade names,
    trademarks and/or registered trademarks of the
    respective owners with which they are associated.

    About SinoScuba
    SinoScuba is Beijing's first professional dive
    operator, with experience instructing divers from ages
    12 to 60, from Discover Scuba Diving up to and
    including Assistant Instructor. SinoScuba offers a
    full range of scuba equipment and exploration
    opportunities around Asia.

    Photos available upon request.

    Contact:
    Steven Schwankert
    Managing Director, SinoScuba
    +852 9262 6391
    steven@sinoscuba.com
    www.sinoscuba.com

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