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.
- Ottawa City Council
To Ottawa City Council
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
We are calling upon you to develop a strong law banning the selling and distribution of shark fin soup and shark fin products in the city of Ottawa. We are deeply horrified to walk down the streets in our nation's capital and see certain restaurants openly displaying shark fin soup on their menus. An estimated 73 million sharks are killed each year in the shark fining industry. This is a cruel and wasteful practice in which the fins of sharks are sliced off while they are still alive and then throws the bodies back into the water where they slowly die of suffocation. The fins are then sold on the market and imported across the world to be used in a Chinese cuisine called shark fin soup, and other various products. It is believed that shark fin's have medicinal properties that cure illnesses, but there are no substantial facts to back that up. Studies have actually proven that ingesting shark is more harmful to you due to the increase of mercury within its system.
Several cities across the country have already banned the selling of shark fin soup and shark fin products and we believe that the City of Ottawa should be the next to join that group. We believe that as the nation's capital we are looked at for our actions by not just the province but the entire country. By allowing this product to be sold in our city it shows that Ottawa does not care what happens to sharks that play a vital roll in our marine ecosystem's and that it supports the cruel inhumane practice in which shark fins are obtained. So we are hear asking you to make a difference, to show the country that the City of Ottawa will not support the cruel practice of shark fining, nor will it allow the use of shark fins in our restaurants and stores. We believe that by banning this product from our city that other cities will pursue the same course of action and stand up and say no. Together we can make a difference, but we need you to make the change.
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