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Ban Shark Fins in Ottawa
  • Petitioned Ottawa City Council

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Ottawa City Council

Ban Shark Fins in Ottawa

    1. Emily Lauter
    2. Petition by

      Emily Lauter

      Ottawa, Canada

Hundreds of millions of sharks are finned annually, yet less than 5 people are killed by sharks per year. Shark Finning is a process which occurs when fishermen slice off the sharks' fins while it is still alive. Once the shark has been finned, it is thrown back into the water finless, but still alive. The shark will then die from either suffocation (because in order for a shark to breathe it needs to be swimming) or it will be eaten alive as it sinks to the depths of the ocean floor. The shark fins are then sold in markets all over the world as an Asian delicacy. The fins are tasteless and each bowl can easily cost up to $100. Even though the act of finning is illegal, it still occurs worldwide.


Fishermen will typically use long-lines, which can easily be a few kilometres in length, allowing other innocent animals to get tangled in the lines. Since this act of illegal fishing occurs in international waters, it is easy for people to turn a blind eye. The media has always put sharks in a negative light, referring to them as "man eaters". The truth is you are more likely to be struck by lightning or die in a car accident then by a shark. The act of shark fining is an inhumane and wasteful tradition. It is our responsibility as a society to protect and conserve sharks; banning the sale and consumption of fins. Ottawa has the opportunity to set an example for other cities in supporting the ban of shark fins. We ask for your action in continuing this movement. By signing this petition you are helping to put an end to the unnecessary murder of sharks, and other marine animals.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. Join our facebook page!

      Emily Lauter
      Petition organiser

      Recently a facebook page has been made called "Ban Shark Fins in Ottawa". This will help grab the media's attention and keep everyone updated on the issue and process. The goal of this group is to educate people about shark finning and work towards having Ottawa impose a by-law to ban this unjust item from our city. The city of Ottawa has roughly a dozen restaurants which serve shark fin soup. As the Nation’s capital we have the opportunity to set examples for other cities and for country; that Canadians do not support shark finning and care about the state of our oceans.

      Please join our group "Ban Shark Fins in Ottawa" and share this petition with your friends.

      Group Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/164365830370505/members/

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. Keep spreading the word!

      Emily Lauter
      Petition organiser

      In just under 12 hours we have reached over 100 signatures! Please spread the word about this petition. Share it on facebook, twitter and any other social site you are familiar with. Email friends and family, and let them know how important sharks are to us and our ecosystems. Each individual vote does make a difference!

    5. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Keven Schidlowsky YELLOWKNIFE, CANADA
      • 6 months ago

      Gross Asian people. Greedy Canadians!

    • Nadia Perona Luiprecht CRAWLEY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 7 months ago

      I always loved sharks, everyone at school looked weird at me when i told them shark is my favourite animal.I CAN'T understand how in a "civilizate world"is still this practice going on...FOR MONEY???I THINK WE SHOULD BE SMARTER THAN THAT AND STOP SELLING OUR OWN FUTURE...

    • Valentina pulgar SANTIAGO, CHILE
      • 7 months ago

      I love all kind of animals and sharks are more important than what people think.

    • kira duimovich OTTAWA, CANADA
      • 7 months ago

      it's completely cruel, waste i have to do a talk about this i'm in grade seven and all my grade thinks this is wrong if they take the fins and leave the shark to die a long painful death just use the whole shark

      Please don't be stupid


    • Shannon Haggerty OTTAWA, CANADA
      • 8 months ago

      So wasteful and cruel


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