Every year more than 36 million sharks are killed; many simply for their
fins as the title ingredient in shark fin soup. To understand the barbaric
nature of ‘finning’ sharks at sea, watch this 45 second TV commercial Fin –
Help End the Horror created for the UK shark and
marine conservation charity, Bite-Back.
Like Bite-Back, Scuba Travel believes that if there is no demand for shark
fin soup then the motivation for killing sharks is dramatically reduced.
For that reason we’re right behind the charity’s ‘Hacked Off!’ campaign to
make Britain the first country in the world to ban shark fin soup.
Already the energetic and focussed organisation has inspired 16 restaurants
to remove shark fin soup from menus including Hakkasan, the country’s only
Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant, but there are still 63 more restaurants left to conquer before the goal is achieved.
By donating to Bite-Back’s ‘Hacked Off!’ campaign, divers can help the
charity extend its message through the media, events and protests along
with the production of educational materials.
Please make a donation
Three of Scuba Travel's maddest employees plan to turn iron into cash for Bite-Back, the UK shark and marine conservation charity, during a gruelling Ironman 70.3 fundraising challenge in Somerset on 28 June. Each member of the team is set undertake an individual discipline of the triathlon event to cover the 70.3 mile course.
Travel consultant and marketing assistant Caroline Worley will be the first to set the pace with a 1.3 mile open water swim in the chilly waters of Wimbleball Lake. The next leg of the event will see company director Tony Backhurst cycle 57 miles through the Somerset hills before finally handing over to accountant Sue Harrison for a 13 mile run to the finish line.
Tony Backhurst said: “We’ve each been training hard and we’re all keen to record personal bests on this event. And now we have the added and exciting incentive of trying to raise some urgent funds to help Bite-Back achieve its goal of making Britain the first country in the world to ban shark fin soup.
“I would like to ask anyone who has ever encountered a shark on a dive to remember how magical that moment was and invite them to sponsor us. A donation could be regarded as a 'thank you' for that encounter or simply good karma for the next time you go diving!" To sponsor the Scuba Travel Ironman team please visit the Virgin Money Giving website
Scuba Travel Ironman Team :- Sue Harrison, Tony Backhurst, Caroline Worley
FOR YOUR EYES ONLY
Bite-Back has teamed up with the London Diving Chamber to host a ‘007 Licence To Dive’ summer party on Saturday 13 September on board HMS President (on the Thames) to raise funds for its Hacked Off! campaign to make Britain shark fin-free... and you’re invited to join in!
The spy-themed evening features a live band, disco dancing, BBQ and a fundraising auction all for just £25 and promises to be a night to remember.
HMS President is a prestigious, permanently moored boat on the Thames opposite the OXO Tower and in sight of the London Eye.
More than 250 divers are expected to ‘party hard to save the shark’ and celebrate their sport with friends, family and club members.
Graham Buckingham said: “We’re enormously grateful to the London Diving Chamber for putting on this exciting event. It’s set to be a fabulous evening out in a central London location for the diving community to come together and drink, dance and be merry. Plus, everyone’s invited to show off their fancy dress skills and support Bite-Back at the same time. We look forward to seeing you there.”
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