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Yao Ming: Ban Rhino and Elephant Hunting!

Yao Ming travels to Africa for the first time to document the poaching crisis facing the continent’s elephants and rhinos.

The 31-year-old Chinese retired basketball player is using his star power, especially in China, to help WildAid bring attention to the hunting of rhino and elephants for horns and ivory.

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Yao has been working with the non-profit organization WildAid for several years now, notably for last year’s campaign urging people to “Say No to Shark Fin Soup“.

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Yao Ming: Ban Shark Fin Soup!

Yao Ming calls for a ban on shark fin soup during an event in Shanghai, China on Thursday (September 22).

“When demand happens, the buying happens and the killing happens,” the 31-year-old recently retired Chinese basketball star said at the event organized by the international conservation group, WildAid.

Yao, who was joined by Virgin founder Richard Branson, committed to stop eating shark fin soup in 2006 after learning of the cruel and wasteful practice of “‘finning”‘ and the threat of extinction facing many shark populations as a result of demand for their fins.

7-foot-6 Yao, along with Leonardo DiCaprio, Ian Somerhalder, Edward Norton, Rosario Dawson, director James Cameron, and dozens of other stars, just sent a letter to Governor Brown supporting the ban, acknowledging the “importance of the continued existence of shark species in maintaining a healthy ocean ecosystem.”

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Yao Ming Wedding Pictures

Houston Rockets’ basketball star Yao Ming married longtime girlfriend Ye Li at a swank hotel in his hometown of Shanghai on Monday.

About 70 close friends and relatives joined 7’6″ Yao, who is 26, and the 6’2″ Ye, 25, at the five-star Shangri-La Hotel.

The couple met each other about eight years ago. Ye is also a basketball player for the Chinese national women’s team.

Pictures below include pre-wedding photos taken at a resort called Taihu Yuan Resort in the city of Lin’an. Also pictured are security checking guests’ invitations at the wedding, flower girls arriving and gifts given to reporters (no interviews were granted).

Zhù nǐ mén bái tóu dào lǎo!!!!

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