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Alvin Ho

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Singapore without Fins
« on: 05 Jan 15, 21:42 »
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  • Do your part for a good cause. Project started by Aaron Wong who is very passionate about sharks.

    Dear friends,
    Please support my new campaign SINGAPORE WITHOUT FINS. As the name implies, the main aim is to achieve a ban on consumption of shark fins in Singapore. Together with Asian Diver magazine and Asia Dive Expo (ADEX) we aim to collect a ‘PETITION of FACES’ through social media to achieve this goal. Why faces, you may ask? Because a face is representative of one's identity and means a lot more than a mere signature. It shows the real person more than words can ever do.
    Why save sharks?
    We all live on a blue planet governed by our Oceans. Everything from the food we eat, to the conditioning of our climate that governs the very air we breathe, depends on our Oceans. As the apex predator, sharks control and regulate the health of the Ocean, without them, the circle of life crumbles and everything eventually falls apart. So, like it or not, our Oceans NEED sharks.
    Yet sadly, over 70 million sharks are senselessly slaughtered each year for the fin trade. This is totally unsustainable for a species with such a slow reproductive cycle. Unlike other fish stocks, sharks cannot be farmed, which means every single bowl of shark fin soup ever consumed came from the wild. The facts are in and numbers don’t lie. If we continue on our current course, sharks will be extinct and with that, so will we in time. All this for a pointless bowl of soup that has been proven to hold no medicinal or nutritional value. Why do we harm the very thing that keeps us alive for a soup that does us no good? This is the reality of the shark fin trade.
    Why do we need a ban?
    For over a decade, there were many awareness campaigns that aim to educating people about the plight of these marine animals in hopes that they would made the right decision to not consume shark fin soup. While it had help to decrease the volume, the fact remains that this onslaught is still more than what shark populations can handle. Even with all the information, education and campaigns, this still remains as a sad fact. Brunei has already made the ban, why not Singapore? A ban on consumption will have more impact than another decade of trying to educate the people. As we head towards 2015, I think it is time for a bigger step in the right direction.
    Why Singapore?
    Though small in size, Singapore is the second largest trading center and one of the biggest consumers of shark fin in the world. Stopping the fin trade here would undoubtedly have a positive impact. I believe that this is obtainable only if the world comes together at one point and speak as one. You may not be from Singapore or anywhere near, but what happens here affects you too. This is an Asian problem that plagues the world, so let’s set it right from where it all started. Let's come together to do not only what we can, but what we must.
    How do YOU help?
    I have decided to harness the power of social media and start a ‘PETITION of FACES’. Everyone just has to upload a selfie onto the SINGAPORE WITHOUT FINS Facebook group page and share it on their own Facebook timeline.
    To get started, here are the three conditions you must follow:
    - The image must be a selfie taken with the camera in one hand. Webcams are fine too!
    - You must cover your mouth in any way or with anything that you like. It can be shot anywhere so make it FUN!
    - You must add a caption that says ‘I VOTE for a SINGAPORE WITHOUT FINS and nominate three other friends to do the same.
    Once you took your selfie, uploaded it to the SINGAPORE WITHOUT FINS Facebook group page:
    After uploading please share it on your own page to help spread the message.
    All the images will be consolidated on the SINGAPORE WITHOUT FINS Facebook page. Working with Asian Diver magazine and the Asia Dive Expo (ADEX) as official partners, we hope to gather 10,000 faces (or more!) by the first day of ADEX 2015 on April 11th. Every image will then be printed onto a large wall during the event and submitted as a petition in support of the cause. Those who are coming to ADEX 2015 are welcome to spot themselves on the wall. ANYONE can post their selfie to support even if they are not nominated. Regardless of who you are or which part of the world you are from, by doing this, we all become part of the voice that screams for change. Join me in a PETITION of FACES and vote for a SINGAPORE WITHOUT FINS.
    This is the first selfie to get it going. Here we go guys, let's make it happen!
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