BAN SHARK FINS IN VANCOUVER
  • Petitioned Kerry Jang

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Vancouver City Councillor
Kerry Jang
Vancouver City Councillor
Ellen Woodsworth
Vancouver City Councillor
Raymond Louie
Vancouver City Councillor
Geoff Meggs
Vancouver City Councillor
Andrea Reimer
Vancouver City Councillor
Suzanne Anton
Vancouver City Councillor
David Cadman
Vancouver City Councillor
George Chow
Vancouver City Councillor
Tim Stevenson
Vancouver City Councillor
Heather Deal
Vancouver City Mayor
Gregor Robertson

BAN SHARK FINS IN VANCOUVER

    1. Petition by

      Anthony Marr

      Vancouver, Canada

This petition is addressed to Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and all 10 City Councillors.

The reasons for banning shark fins are many. Following are the top three:

1. Shark-finning is extremely cruel, and wasteful.

2. Shark-finning is done by almost every country in the world with a coastline. Together, they kill some 90 million sharks every year, of all species, including endangered ones. This is utterly unsustainable.

3. Since shark-finning is performed by poachers, little or no record is kept as to which fin has come from which species. Therefore, about half of all shark fins in Vancouver are likely from endangered species, and there is no way to determine which is which short of expensive fin-by-fin DNA analysis.  This in itself is illegal both in terms of CITES and Canada's own WAPPRIITA (Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act) law forced out in 1996 by Anthony Marr's Chinatown media campaign in 1995-1996.

Anthony Marr himself has seen fins of the critically endangered Whale shark and Basking shark displayed in glass cases in Vancouver's Chinatown, unmistakable due to their size.  The picture shows a definned Whale Shark.

In perspective, California, Oregon, Washington, and major cities in Ontario, have all banned shark fins, leaving Vancouver conspicuously inactive and impotent in combating shark preservation.

We call upon Vancouver City Hall to do the right and courageous thing, before the sharks are gone forever. If we allow shark fin use and shark-finning to continue, there would be no more sharks left for finning in short order, and Mother Nature herself would put an end to it - sadly without sharks - and if/when that happens, a dark and indelible mark would be left in Vancouver's otherwise glorious history.  

To count on voluntary withdrawal from shark fin consumers and businesses will not work, at least, not in time to save the sharks.

The City of Richmond is being likewise petitioned.

The petitioner, Anthony Marr, is a Chinese Canadian, and represents the enlightened sector of Vancouver's Chinese community.  

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    • Aaron Jarman VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      This is a wasteful practice, with zero nutritional value, and no taste. it further cripples the already beleaguered oceanic food chain. This must stop.

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    • Hamad Al Badi ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
      • almost 3 years ago

      Compassion. Why are we in this world if not to better it? Let's all be humane, and drive our animistic instincts out. Together, we can make a change. :) Tell your friends ;3

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    • Tracie Clayton SAANICHTON, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      This is a barbaric and disgusting crime. It's inhumane, and a tragedy. Shame on anyone who is involved is this.

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    • E. Kerr PT. ALB. B.C., UNITED STATES
      • almost 3 years ago

      Sharks add to the ECOsystem &if they r all gone the future humans will never see one,but then again,, if ALL is taken fr the waters no worries,no one will be here.

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    • Mirka Cerny VICTORIA, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Abuse of any life is entirely unacceptable. All living things must be respected.

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