Saturday, April 17, 2010

Hawaii - Shark Fin Bill vs Riki Karamatsu

This is Riki 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 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.


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Collin Elliot said...

Hell no this guy should not be in office now I sent in my email today. Mahalo!

Goblin said...

Politicians and money go together like the plague no wonder this guy hates sharks he's too busy making nice with his shark fin masters who will fund his campaign to care about the ecology of Hawaii.

Got my email.

Oahu Surf said...

Riki Riki Riki whatcha doin bro?

The oceans need guardians not killers come back bro help save what little we have left!

Ali said...

Great post, I sent him an email. What an idiot. Hawaii needs a shark-friendly Lieutenant Governor.

News Gator said...

sniff, sniff, sniff me thinks me smells a story here will follow up in a few days when I dig a bit further into this Riki guy

miles said...

Miles O'Sullivan said...

You know, I have a lot of respect for what you guys are working on for sure but sharks are incredibly powerful and beautiful animals and we should give Jon Riki Karamatsu the same respect that we hope he will give to the sharks. It's important that everyone tries to spread the word about this and contact his office but it's not okay to exploit something such as a drunk driving incident to make a gain over someone - he's publicly confessed to this and it's obviously brought some rain into his life. If we want to protect the sharks we need to be promoting positivity about their species, not negativity about other people. It will only give him something to be mad at all of us about - why not try to make a friend in him.

Anyway guys, thanks for his contact info, keep it up.

Shark Diver said...

Because the mans name happens to the Riki Karamatsu does not mean he is owed anyone's "respect."

Respect is "earned," both by good deeds and with good policy making.

Being drunk at the wheel and a politician is a first strike that stays with you like a painful brand for the rest of your career, you never fully atone for it.

His political opponent knows that.

So it boggles the imagination that Riki Karamatsu would make such a stunningly bad political choice as to stand with businesses that make a living from the dismemberment of live animals.

Seriously, you want to talk about respect for this man?

He has attracted anger, ire, rage, disgust, and distaste from many in the conservation world and thanks be to the Internet will attract a lot more.

That we would dare to mention the man was once recently so drunk he plowed his vehicle into the side of the highway median is an attempt to have people understand that this man makes critically bad decisions, both in life and now as a politician.

Try and make a friend of him?

This man has no friends in the conservation world at the moment but he does have a choice. Come over the the light and see how his support of shark finning is inherently flawed and wrong.

By doing this Riki Karamatsu will discover he has all the green conservation minded friends in the world.

Who knows, he might even "earn" some that respect you think he is owed.

Anonymous said...

why is riki working against a law that would protect sharks?

Tim of the Deep said...

Um, are we sure we want this guy on "our side"?


Anonymous said...

This is absurd - what does a DUI have to do with any of this? Is this the strategy to take when we need the support of lawmakers? Attack them personally? I'd also like to point out that the practice of shark finning IS ALREADY ILLEGAL IN HAWAII - Take a look at HRS 188-40.5. Why not approach the issue with some thoughtfulness and with arguments supported by a thorough understanding of the law. This is a noble cause but comments like these only serve to reinforce the sterotype that environmentalists are crazy and irrational.

Shark Diver said...

There are plenty of people who are reaching out to Riki Karamatsu at this moment, imploring him to stop his questionable attempts to kill this latest anti-finning bill.

Thus far he's been unresponsive.

We're just pointing out the fact the man is known for bad decision making, and this is another example of that.

It is amazing to hear folks trying to hide or mis-direct the fact he is a convicted drunk driver.

Attacking him?

Just pointing things out is all.

Maui Jim said...

karamatsu lost my vote today thanks for the post

Anonymous said...

What is Rep Karamatsu thinking?

Sea Steward said...

Support the Hawaii Fin Ban and Bring it to San Francisco
This week the state of Hawaii is ever closer toward becoming the only state in the U.S. to ban the sale and possession of shark fins.
Like California, shark-finning is banned in Hawaiian waters but the practice is widespread in international waters and there is no real policing of fins once dried and treated.
The object of SB 2169, and the Shark Sanctuary San Francisco initiative is to remove the market for a product that is leading to the decimation of shark species worldwide. The Hawaii fin ban would be a significant victory toward shark conservation and paves the way for the Shark Sanctuary San Francisco Campaign.