VICTORIA, British Columbia (Sep. 28, 2012) — Humane
Society International/Canada congratulates the Union of British Columbia
Municipalities for passing a historic resolution calling for the provincial
government to ban the sale, trade and distribution of shark fins, and for the
federal government to advance bill C-380 to ban the import of shark fins into
“Shark finning is a terribly cruel and ecologically devastating
practice, which results in the deaths of tens of millions of sharks each year.”
said Gabriel Wildgen, campaigner for HSI/Canada. “We are thrilled to see the
UBCM, which represents more than 160 municipalities across British Columbia,
make the historic decision to pass this resolution, taking us one step closer
to making Canada shark fin free. We urge all Canadians to stand together for
sharks by asking their legislators at all levels of government to support bans
on shark fin trade.”
“I am thrilled that the UBCM has resolved to take this
step towards ending the shark fin trade in Canada,” said Craig Keating, North
Vancouver City Councillor who helped introduce the resolution at UBCM
convention. “Governments across Canada have a responsibility to ensure our
communities take action to prevent the ecological threat posed by the practice
of shark finning.”
“Shark finning is cruel, wasteful and a threat to our ocean ecosystems,”
said NDP Member of Parliament Fin
Donnelly, who introduced bill C-380 to parliament, “That’s why I’m
calling on all Canadians to follow the UBCM’s lead and contact their members of
parliament to encourage them to support my private member’s bill to ban the
importation of shark fins into Canada.”
There are 13 Canadian
municipalities that have banned trade in shark fins, including the cities of
Brantford, London, Mississauga, Newmarket, Oakville, Pickering and Toronto, as
well as six municipalities in British Colombia: Abbotsford, Coquitlam, Nanaimo,
Port Moody, North Vancouver, and Maple Ridge. Other municipalities, such as
Calgary, are in the process of implementing similar bans. Recently the
Vancouver City Council unanimously passed a motion to instruct its staff to
work with the neighboring municipalities of Richmond and Burnaby on a regional
ban on the sale of shark fins.
HSI/Canada is urging all Canadians to sign the petition
in support of federal bill C-380 to ban the import of shark fins into Canada
and to write to their members of parliament asking them to advance the bill.
November 2011, NDP MP Fin Donnelly,
introduced bill C-380, which would prohibit the import of shark fins into
Canada. Members of Parliament will vote on whether to advance the bill in
either late 2012 or early 2013.
are apex predators whose survival affects all other marine species and entire
fins from as many as 73 million sharks are used to feed the growing demand for
shark fin products each year.
2009 alone, Canada imported 77,000 kilograms of shark fins.
fins are often harvested through a practice known as "shark finning,"
which involves cutting the fins off of sharks and then throwing the sharks back
into the ocean, often while still alive, leaving the animals to die a slow
other fish species, sharks produce very few young and mature slowly and,
consequently, over-exploited populations can take years or even decades to
states in the U.S. and the territories of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands
have banned the possession, sale, trade and distribution of shark fins.
fin products are primarily served in a soup broth at Chinese banquets, such as
weddings. The demand for this dish, coupled with unsustainable fishing methods,
have led some shark populations to decline by as much as 99 percent in recent
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