Tell Canada: Go Shark Fin-Free!
Shark populations around the globe are plummeting at an alarming rate, largely due to the fin trade. Today, you can help make a difference by supporting legislation to ban the possession, sale and consumption of shark fins in all Canadian provinces.
Every year, up to 73 million sharks are killed primarily for their fins, a practice that is not only ecologically destructive, but wasteful:
SHARKS ARE IMPORTANT: Sharks are top predators that maintain the health of our ocean ecosystem. With late sexual maturity, low gestation and long life spans, they are being killed at rates their populations simply cannot sustain.
A WASTEFUL PRACTICE: On average, sharks' fins make up less than 5 percent of the animals' total body weight. Due to the high value of their fins (a dorsal or a whale shark can sell for 50,000CDN) and low value of their meat, sharks are often finned at sea and the rest of their body is wasted and dumped overboard.
The shark fin trade is driven by the growing demand for shark fin soup – a delicacy popular in middle-to higher-class Chinese communities – for dinner banquets like weddings. The soup is known as a symbol of status, wealth and illustrates the virtue of “sharing fortune.”
One-third of open ocean sharks are being threatened with extinction. The most effective strategy to curb shark finning is to reduce demand and consumption of shark fin products.
Join us to Stop the Soup – Spread Shark Truth. Please sign our petition urging Canadian lawmakers to enact legislation that would ban the sale, trade and possession of shark fin products in Canada.
Go Shark Fin-Free!
I am writing to ask you to ban the sale, possession and trade of shark fin products in our province.
Sharks are top predators and maintain the health of our ocean ecosystem, which we all depend on. With late sexual maturity (up to 25 years), low gestation (2-3 pups on average) and a long life span (up to 100 years), sharks are being killed at rates their populations simply cannot sustain. One-third of open ocean sharks are threatened with extinction, primarily due to the fin trade and the growing demand for shark fin soup.
Shark finning is also a wasteful practice. On average, sharks' fins make up less than 5% of their total body weight. Due to the high value of their fins (a dorsal of a mature whale shark can sell up to 50,000CDN) and low value of their meat, sharks are often finned at sea and the rest of their body dumped overboard.
Although the federal ban on shark finning in Canadian waters is commendable, it fails to address the global issue of shark finning because shark fin products are imported into Canada from around the world. A shark fin ban on possession, sale and trade in our province will enable our province to cease being a participant in the worldwide decimation of shark populations and the oceans at large.
Citizens and restaurants across Canada and the world have already begun removing shark fin from their menus. It is now time to build on this momentum. We ask that you join Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, Brantford, Ontario, and a growing list of jurisdictions to ban the sale, possession and trade of shark fin products in our province.
Your leadership can change the tide of the decimation of shark populations around the world and help create a healthy ocean ecosystem that sustains our planet. Please enact legislation that bans the sale, possession and trade of shark finning in our province. Thank you.