WildAid Canada welcomes the news that the Town of Oakville has, by a vote of 7-0 last night, banned the sale and possession of shark fin and related products.
The shark fin ban was proposed this June and received unanimous support from the Oakville Council, who agreed to draft and vote on a new bylaw by the end of the year. The Council’s decision to adopt a motion to draft a banning bylaw sparked confusion among many reporters, who misconstrued this as Oakville’s official passing of the shark fin ban this July.
WildAid applauds the recent listing of the giant manta ray (Manta birostris) under Appendix I and II in the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), an international treaty organization concerned with conserving migratory species and habitats on a global scale. Listed on November 25, 2011, member countries are now obligated to provide strict national protections for giant manta rays and their key habitats.
The Peninsula Hotels chain, Asia's oldest hotel company, will contribute to growing global efforts to reduce the demand for shark fin products by banning the consumption of shark fin at its hotel restaurants and banquet operations, effective January 1, 2012.
WildAid welcomes the news that Toronto City Council has voted to ban the sale and possession of shark fin, with a vote of 38-4. With a population of over 2.5 million, Canada’s largest city, the fifth largest in North America, Toronto is the largest market for shark products in the country.