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The movement against shark finning has already brought together advocates including January Jones and John Kerry -- and in California, where legislators have proposed a bill that would block the sale of the fins, another A-lister offered his support. Edward Norton, who founded fundraising site Crowdrise and has encouraged a switch to clean energy, released a joint statement with WildAid in which he commends the proposal: "As a life-long diver, I have seen the depletion of sharks caused by the shark fin trade first-hand all over the world from Indonesia to the Galapagos Islands," he says. "The Fong/Huffman bill is a vital step towards reducing demand and protecting these important animals, and has my full support." According to Mother Nature Network, more than 73 million sharks are killed annually -- just for their fins.
Ricky Gervais Joins the League Against Cruel Sports
Last year, comedian Ricky Gervais lent his support to the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection and its efforts to end research on monkeys -- and this year, he's continuing work to protect animals by joining the League Against Cruel Sports, which works to end everything from bullfighting and dogfighting to trophy hunting and greyhound racing. "Animals are not around just for people to abuse and kill in the name of so-called entertainment and sport," says Gervais. "It's beyond belief that it actually happens and that certain deluded people get enjoyment from it." (Via Vegetarian Star)
"Gasland" Goes to Washington
As part of their continuing efforts to fight the spread of natural gas drilling -- known as fracking -- Oscar nominees Mark Ruffalo and Josh Fox joined Congressmen from New York, New Jersey, and Colorado for a discussion on closing loopholes in the Safe Drinking Water Act. Ruffalo, nominated for his role in "The Kids Are All Right," and Fox, whose documentary "Gasland" is nominated for best documentary, also attended a screening of "Gasland" and hosted a question-and-answer session afterward. Said Fox, "Fracking has never been proven to be safe. Thousands of contamination cases, and testimonials across the country, point to a massive failure to protect water, air, and human health."
Roseanne's Return to Prime Time
First, Roseanne Barr followed the lead of other famous actresses by settling down on her own farm -- this one a macadamia nut plantation in Hawaii -- and now she's announced plans to have her time there filmed for a new reality series airing on Lifetime. According to a statement she released, Roseanne says she is "coming back down to earth, and keeping it real. They've said 'Roseanne's nuts' for years, and now I'm going to make that a reality -- I'm all about nuts now, macadamia nuts!" The actress also opened up to Oprah about her long-term plans for the property. "I'm a farmer now, and it's fantastic. My goal is to be totally self-sufficient and grow everything that I eat. There's something about earning your dinner that's cool." (Via Ecorazzi)