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Petitioning Vancouver City Councillor Kerry Jang and 10 others
This petition will be delivered to:
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

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.  


Letter to
Vancouver City Councillor Kerry Jang
Vancouver City Councillor Ellen Woodsworth
Vancouver City Councillor Raymond Louie
and 8 others
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
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and Vancouver City Council.

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Ban Shark Fins in Vancouver

The reasons 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, which 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.

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.

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.

The petitioner, Anthony Marr, is a Chinese Canadian, and represents the enlightened sector of Vancouver's Chinese community. The City Hall of Richmond will be likewise petitioned.
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Sincerely,