TORONTO, March 2, 2012 /CNW/ - Global entrepreneur and philanthropist
Sir Richard Branson will be in Toronto on Tuesday, March 6, in support
of WildAid Canada, an international wildlife conservation organization.
Following similar recent visits with WildAid to China and India, Branson
will call on Canada's business and government leaders to increase
efforts towards wildlife conservation. A special focus will be on
calling for increased protection of one of Canada's most iconic - and
threatened - species: the polar bear, as well as on commending the
municipalities where shark fin bans have recently passed, while urging
government at all levels to continue to push forward to protect sharks.
Joining Branson will be representatives of WildAid and a leading polar
WildAid Canada News Conference featuring Sir Richard Branson
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Hart House (Music Room), University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Circle
Introduction by Rob Sinclair of WildAid Canada, and remarks by WildAid
founder Peter Knights, Sir Richard Branson, and leading polar bear
researcher, followed by media Q&A and photo opportunity.
Approximately two-thirds of the world's polar bears live in Canada, with
Ontario home to the southernmost population of polar bears in the
world. Loss of polar ice is a major threat, and the extinction of the
southernmost populations of polar bears has been predicted for within
the next 20 to 30 years unless trends are reversed. The population of
western Hudson Bay polar bears has declined from 1,200 in 1987 to
roughly 900 today.
In the past few months, several municipal shark-fin bans passed: in
Toronto, Oakville, Pickerington, London, Newmarket, Brantford and
Mississauga - representing 15 % of Canada's population. In December
2011, MP Fin Donnelly proposed federal legislation to prohibit the
importation of shark fins into Canada.
For more information about WildAid Canada visit www.wildaid.org/canada
SOURCE WildAid Canada
For further information:
Amanda Gun-Munro, Veritas Communications