Today, Calgary Alderman Brian Pincott made public a proposed bylaw to ban shark fin products, coinciding with the release of an opinion poll showing that 88% of respondents stating an opinion were supportive of such a move.
“The motion by Alderman Pincott is the latest positive step in the growing campaign to end this unsustainable trade,” said Rob Sinclair, Executive Director of WildAid Canada. “This is yet another example of Canadian municipalities taking action to counter this global threat.”
While the practice of shark finning is illegal in Canada and the U.S., current federal laws banning shark finning do not address the issue of the shark fin trade. Therefore, fins are being imported to North America from countries with few or even no shark protections in place.
Shark fin bans have recently passed in the U.S. states of California, Hawaii, Illinois, Oregon and Washington. Canadian cities in Ontario and British Columbia such as Toronto, Mississauga, Port Moody, London, Pickering, Newmarket and Brantford have also banned shark fin products.
The automated dialer survey was made up of 1,471 Calgary households and was conducted by VoterTrack on Wednesday, July 11th.