Saturday, December 22, 2012

Shark Savers to help Shark Stanley build global youth support for shark and manta ray species

Sharks Defenders has teamed up with two graduate students from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Pew Environment Group, and Shark Savers to help Shark Stanley build global youth support for shark and manta ray species at next year's Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).


We don't need to tell you how much shark populations are in trouble, you already know. Scientists and government leaders have noticed and have proposed global protections for manta rays, hammerheads, oceanic whitetips, and porbeagle sharks at CITES. Shark Stanley is traveling the globe to find people to support positive outcomes for all these proposals.

Showing your support is easy. Simply visit Shark Stanley's homepage , then print up his image, carefully cut him out, and take photos of him with his supporters and friends in front of iconic landmarks near where you live (or while you are on holiday). Then upload your photos to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram tagging #SharkStanley, @SharkDefenders, and the country where you live (i.e. #Brasil, #USA, #Fiji). You can also email your photos to to make sure we find them.

There are 177 countries and territories that are a party to CITES, and Shark Stanley hopes to find at least 20 people in each one.

Leah and Onon, the students leading the campaign, will take all your photos and compile them into a unique petition showcasing the global support for protecting sharks and manta rays at CITES.

In the coming weeks they will be working with renowned artist Dan Yagmin Jr. to develop characters for the other species up for protection, and will release an activity book for elementary school children.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. Simply reply to this email. And if your organization would like to become a sponsor of the Shark Stanley campaign, please contact me. We're not asking for any monetary donations, just a promise to help us obtain photos by writing about the campaign on your website and emailing your supporters. We are currently working on Stanley's Partners and Supporters page, and will post your logo with a link back to your website.

Thank you for your continued support,
Angelo Villagomez
Shark Defenders

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