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Action Alert -Stop Shark Finning, Stop Poaching- Vote Deadline Today! September 29, 2008 10:55 AM

You can save sharks – the power is at your finger tips... but we only have ONE day: Today! Poachers are hunting sharks in increasing numbers and killing them for a single commodity, their fins. The sharks are dragged onboard where their fins and tail are brutally hacked off before their helpless bodies are thrown back overboard to sink to a long and painful death on the sea floor. The killing is barbaric, unnecessary and illegal. Worse still, the techniques used kill a myriad of other species – dolphins, turtles, birds – it's unsustainable and unacceptable. It’s clear that laws are not enough; the only future for sharks and other marine life lies in education and awareness. Cocos Island, Costa Rica is a National Park and a World Heritage Site. You might think because of its protected status the island's wildlife would be safe – but think again. Shark fishermen are turning to Cocos in ever greater numbers to poach the sharks and endanger other marine animals.  We need you to take a few moments to vote to help us save the sharks and protect the island. Unfortunately, because this is an American Experss contest only cardholders can vote. We will build a ‘Virtual’ Cocos, a multimedia exhibit that will enable people to visit the fragile island without ever setting foot on it. We believe that education is the key to conservation.  By targeting local communities, particularly children and their parents, we will change perceptions of wil dlife and foster a pride and desire in people to protect their natural heritage. While laws are not enough, the support of a community is. We will help people to understand the importance of predators in the food chain and will teach more sustainable and humane ways for fishing communities to make a living, making the seas a safer place for sharks. This exhibit will also tour the world, educating, entertaining and inspiring, to ensure that as a global community we are committed to protecting the majesty of our natural world, safe guarding it to be enjoyed by our children and grandchildren.  The world’s most infamous, spectacular and ancient predators are under attack – and we are calling on you to save them. Please give us just a minute of your time to help save sharks and the other wonders of our wild world. To VOTE and learn more about the project, cut and paste into your browser : Warm Regards, Georgienne Bradley, Executive Director Imaging Foundation It's Your Ocean, Do Something About It! Marie Levine Executive Director Shark Research Institute Find phone numbers fast with the New AOL Yellow Pages!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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