Confirmed victory


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


Letter to
City Councillor Sarah Doucette
City Councillor Adam Vaughan
City Councillor Michael Thompson
and 37 others
City Councillor Peter Milczyn
City Councillor Maria Augimeri
City Councillor Karen Stintz
City Councillor Joe Mihevc
City Councillor Mary Fragedakis
City Councillor Jaye Robinson
City Councillor Doug Holyday
City Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong
City Councillor Cesar Palacio
City Councillor Chin Lee
City Councillor Mike Del Grande
City Councillor Shelley Carroll
City Councillor Mike Layton
City Councillor Norm Kelly
City Councillor Michelle Berardinetti
City Councillor Ron Moeser
City Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon
City Councillor David Shiner
City Councillor Doug Ford
City Councillor Pam McConnell
City Councillor Gord Perks
City Councillor Mark Grimes
City Councillor Paul Ainslie
City Councillor Frank Di Giorgio
City Councillor Ana Ballão
City Councillor Frances Nuziata
City Councillor Josh Colle
City Councillor Gloria Lindsay Luby
City Councillor Paula Fletcher
City Councillor Janet Davis
City Councillor Anthony Perruzza
City Councillor Josh Matlow
City Councillor John Filion
City Councillor Vincent Crisanti
City Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti
City Councillor Gary Crawford
City Councillor Raymond Cho
I am writing to express my support for the shark fin ban introduced by Councillors John Parker, Glenn De Baeremaeker and Kristyn Wong-Tam. When it comes to the ocean, we are all citizens with a vested interest in the health of this remarkable resource. Science shows that sharks are a fundamental component of a healthy sea—but they are currently under extreme threat, mostly from shark finning. This cruel and wasteful practice does not support dietary needs but rather a tradition that was founded long before knowledge of sharks or their plight was ever known. With new knowledge comes new responsibilities, and it is time to ban the sale, possession, or consumption of shark fins around the globe.

The great city of Toronto has the opportunity to join with other forward-thinking communities on the planet, including Hawaii and Canada’s own Brantford City, in going forward with this ban. We ask for your support in this important movement. Your actions can help change the tide of destruction for sharks and lead to a healthier, more sustainable ocean.

We look forward to celebrating your leadership in this movement.