Support A Shark Fin Ban in Toronto
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Support A Shark Fin Ban in Toronto

    1. Petition by

      Shark Truth

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October 2011

Victory

After nearly 10,000 people signed Shark Truth's petition urging Toronto's City Councillors to vote in favor of a city-wide ban on the sale of shark fins, the Council passed the legislation with a vote of 38-4! The restaurant industry and fin importers worked hard to squash the shark fin ban, but thanks to the efforts of folks like Shark Truth and Change.org members, Councillors voted in favor of the legislation.

Up to 73 million sharks are killed every year through finning, so the passage of the Toronto shark fin ban is a momentous step towards ocean conservation. Toronto is now the fourth city in Ontario to ban the sale of shark fins.

 

Despite popular media portrayals of sharks, the truth is, more people die from bees or lightning than sharks every year. In fact, it's the sharks that should be fearing us—for every person killed by sharks, an estimated 10 million sharks have been killed by people. Every year, at least 38 million sharks are killed for their fins, a practice that is not only cruel but wasteful: fins are removed from the shark while its still alive and the body is dumped overboard—unable to swim, it sinks to the bottom to drown, bleed to death, or be eaten alive by other fish. 

Founded in June 2009, Shark Truth is a grassroots nonprofit dedicated to promoting awareness, education and action around shark fin soup in Chinese communities. Our long-term goal is to stop the consumption of shark fin in Canada in five to ten years.  Today, you can help make a difference by supporting legislation to ban the possession, sale and consumption of shark fins in Toronto.

The consumption of shark fin soup is driven primarily by the Chinese community for dinner banquets like weddings.  The soup is known as a symbol of status and wealth. At Shark Truth, our strategy is to empower consumers to take action through contests and storytelling, helping to create a more sustainable future for sharks.

Today, you can all lend a hand in helping Harry and his fellow shark family. Sign this petition and help us keep sharks in the seas and out of our bowls. Toronto city council will vote this fall and are looking for 10,000 signatures, especially from local Toronto city dwellers before then. Please sign and spread the word!

 

Photo credit: Angela Cockayne

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Vote Delayed Until 10/25!

      The vote on the Toronto shark fin ban was pushed until 8:30AM on Tuesday, 10/25. Sign the petition before then, and if you're in Toronto, please show up to the meeting to support the ban!

    2. Reached 9,000 signatures
    3. Final Vote In One Week!

      City Councillors will vote on the Toronto shark fin ban on Monday, 10/24. It's important to voice support for this important piece of ocean conservation legislation before then!

    4. Reached 3,000 signatures
    5. As California Shark Fin Ban Passes, Environmentalists Look to Toronto

      More than 2,600 people have joined a growing online campaign calling on the City of Toronto to ban the sale, distribution, and possession of shark fins.
      The news follows the passage of a shark fin ban in California, home to the largest market for...

    6. Shark Fins Off the Menu in California--Is Toronto Next?

      The Toronto Star covers the proposed Toronto shark fin ban.

    7. Meeting on Thursday

      A council committee will meet on Thursday to discuss the proposed Toronto shark fin ban, with a full council vote happening sometime in November. Will you voice your support for the ban now?

    8. Reached 2,500 signatures
    9. The momentum is growing!

      Two more cities in Canada, Mississaugua and Oakville, consider ban on shark fins.

    10. Reached 1,000 signatures
    11. This is an International Movement:

      Chile bans all shark finning from national waters!

    12. Reached 750 signatures
    13. Help Toronto Take Shark Fin Soup Off the Menu, Support a Movement

      Shark fin soup, a delicacy consumed mostly by wealthy Chinese, is leading to the decimation of tens of millions of sharks every year.
      But now Toronto, the largest city in Canada and 5th largest in North America, is poised to add some...er, teeth, to...

    14. Reached 500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Lin Clarke ARDEN, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      This is a sick, twisted and barbaric practice and it must be stopped. The 'people' perpetuating the practice need to learn that all life is worthy of respect.

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    • Britton Jacob-Schram VICTORIA, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Sharks are apex predators, without them the oceans will devolve into complete chaos.

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    • Susanna Petersen TORONTO, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am signing this because I am against animal cruelty and abuse and anyone that questions why they should sign this petition should watch Rob Stewart's movie Sharkwater....you won't be able to stop signing this petition.

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    • chad casarin CAMBRIDGE, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      anything that has to do with killing another live animal with eyes and a heart, for profit & greed is pathetic in the worst man related way. i hate man for these reasons.

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    • Amanda Deidouss AURORA, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am pretty sure people can live without consuming shark fins. This cruelty is unnecessary.

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