Leonardo DiCaprio, along with fellow advocates Scarlett Johansson, Megan Fox, and Ke$ha, among others, have teamed up with WildAid, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Humane Society of the United States to bring attention to dwindling shark populations worldwide.
The celebs slew of others have written a letter to the California State Senate supporting Assembly Bill 376, which would ban the sale of shark fins in California.
The letter said:
"The International Union for the Conservation of Nature has concluded that a third of shark species are now threatened with extinction of some kind. And recent estimates state that up to 73 million sharks are killed each year for use in shark fin soup and other products. Traditionally shark fin was affordable only to the elite, and consequently the issue of decimation of species was not a concern. But with the explosion of the world’s
population, and an increasing number of wealthy consumers, this can no longer be considered true, as has been evidenced by the decimation of shark populations worldwide. Despite fisheries attempts at regulation, the
inhumane practice of finning continues unabated too, as does the illegal capture of sharks from marine reserves and sovereign waters.
We urge you to support AB 376 and join us in protecting sharks from extinction."