Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu for Lieutenant Governor not for Sharks
We thought things were going well in reference to the ban on shark finning - but apparently there has been a setback being led by one man - a politician: Riki Karamatsu. The guys over at Shark Diver having been reporting about the situation in Hawaii and have written a pretty detailed post on Karamatsu:
"He is a politician.
He has been charged and convicted with drunk driving resulting in a crash.
He is currently running for Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii.
This man also hates sharks.
Enough to actively work against a new shark fin bill making the rounds through the hallowed halls of Hawaii's legislative offices.
Why is he doing this?
What can you do about it?
The answer to the first question is money. Riki Karamatsu is the patron of several well heeled shark fin businesses in Hawaii, businesses that sell thousands of tons of dried shark fin to Asia.
Currently the cost of shark fin is hovering at 1980's gold price levels. The shark fin industry is a multi-billion dollar global industry. It is also one of the most barbaric animal cruelty issues the conservation world is dealing with now. Akin to sedated wild bears and gall bladder secretions, a wild animal product that is as equally disturbing and one that has no place in Hawaii's business trading community.
So, what can you do about it?
Here is the list of contacts for Jon Riki Karamatsu. Your voice, in your own words, may help this man realize how many people care about sharks and how sometimes, being the patron of people whose business depends on shearing the fins off live animals for a soup product...is a bad career choice.
You can also tweet, blog, and re post this far and wide.
Let's send a clear and unambiguous message to Jon Riki Karamatsu.
"Mr.Karamatsu if you want to see your political career continue, get on the side of millions of people who care about our oceans, and our wildlife. Stop your solo attempts to block or modify legislation that would put and end to shark fin sales in Hawaii."
Note: Do not send threatening or abusive emails, phone calls or letters. You are entitled to use words that describe disgust, distaste, you are entitled to detail how you will support his opponent in his race for the Lieutenant Governor seat in Hawaii. You are also entitled to mention the fact that this man, who would aspire to the higher levels of government, was once so intoxicated he drove his car off the road.
Is this the man who should be leading Hawaii into the new decade?
For the many thousands of sharks that are currently being finned just outside the territorial waters of Hawaii the answer to that question is clearly no.
Jon Riki Karamatsu - Blog
Jon Riki Karamatsu - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jon Riki Karamatsu - Democratic Offices
Jon Riki Karamatsu - Facebook"
Go at it and let Riki know how you feel about shark finning...