October 26, 2011

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The Toronto City Council voted on Tuesday to ban the sale and possession of shark fins with a vote of 38-4.  Toronto’s population of over 2.5 million makes it the fifth largest city in North America, and it is the largest market for shark products in Canada.

The motion was made even stronger by a unanimous recommendation calling on other municipalities, provincial governments, and the federal government to act on the issue of shark fins.

Earlier this month,  the nearby city of Mississauga banned the sale and possession of shark fins. With a population of almost 800,000, it is Canada’s sixth largest city, and until this week was the largest city in Canada to enact a shark fin ban.

A staggering number of sharks are killed each year for only their fins, and the practice of shark finning has decimated shark populations worldwide.  The groundswell to protect sharks continues to grow around the world despite opposition from some who claim that such laws discriminate against their cultural traditions.

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3 Comments

  • I hardly ever discuss these articles, but I assumed this on deserved a big thankyou

  • Thanks Dorothy! agree that sharks require better protection worldwide. Kudos to Mississauga for being a leader in shark conservation in Canada!

  • I live in Mississauga and am very proud of the city for banning this. It's insane to think what we as human beings will do for our own self satisfaction. When you see the investigative news shows with hidden cameras showing how these sharks are hauled on deck their fins cut off while they are still alive and dumped overboard to drown!!!

    It's outrageous and I for one think this ban should be done on a global scale.

    Dorothy

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