WildAid applauds the recent decision by the Port Moody, British Columbia City Council to ban the possession, trade, sale and distribution of shark fin products in the municipality. Port Moody is the first municipality in British Columbia to adopt such a prohibition.
Similar prohibitions have already been passed in the cities of Toronto, Brantford, Mississauga, Oakville, Newmarket, Pickering and London in Ontario.
"We're thrilled to see British Columbia's first municipality join four million other Canadians and dozens of jurisdictions around the world in acting to end this unsustainable practice" said Rob Sinclair, executive director of WildAid Canada. He added, "I have no doubt that other municipalities in British Columbia will follow suit."
Fins from up to 73 million sharks are used every year to make shark fin soup and related products. Shark finning is a cruel and wasteful practice – captured at sea and hauled on deck, the sharks are often still alive while their fins are sliced off. Driven by growing consumer demand for shark fin soup, a highly-valued delicacy in traditional Chinese culture, the shark fin trade is driving many shark populations into rapid decline, with now one-third of the world’s pelagic shark species threatened with extinction and some species experiencing declines up to 99%.
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.
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