shark fins

2 petitions

Started 1 year ago

Petition to The City Of Edmonton

Ban Shark Fins in Edmonton

Purpose Statement: We are seeking to propose a new bylaw in Edmonton that will ban the sale, import, trade, possession, and distribution of all shark fin products within the City of Edmonton.   Shark finning is a cruel form of harvest that involves the removal of the dorsal fin or all fins from the shark. The shark, which is often still alive, is then disposed of by throwing it back into the ocean, where the shark will drown as it is unable to swim. An estimated 75 million sharks are killed this way every year.   Sharks are a vital part of ocean ecosystems. Without sharks, ocean food webs face cascading effects of issues that will threaten the health of our oceans. Three billion people on Earth currently depend on fish as a staple food source, and without sharks we will face huge problems for global food security.   Without even considering food web effects, sharks are still far more valuable to humans alive. In the small island nation of Palau for example, killing 100 sharks and harvesting their fins generates $241,281 for the local populace, but a single alive shark can generate $1.6 million in its lifetime from the tourism industry. These ecotourism dollars provide revenue sources for the developing nations that are the primary harvesters of shark fins, and may help these developing nations move out of poverty.   Shark fins have a great cultural significance to many Asian cultures. Shark fin soup is symbol of honor, wealth and prosperity, and is often used to celebrate events such as weddings and birthdays. We do not want to impact these cultural values. Therefore, we propose that to uphold the same cultural values that imitation shark fin should be used in place of the real thing. Imitation shark fin is indistinguishable from the real thing in terms of texture and flavor. Additionally, imitation shark fin is far cheaper than the real thing and does not have the toxins, such as mercury, that accumulate in real shark fins.   As Edmontonians, we can set an example for the rest of Canada and the world to eliminate a practice that has immense ramifications for marine ecology, global food security, poverty, and animal rights. By gathering 90,000 signatures from Edmontonians we can remove the demand for shark fins from our city.   Authors: William Betts, Kianna Gallagher, Shyla Golly, Jesse Shirton and Mark Veenstra. 2017. Fisheries and Wildlife Management. University of Alberta. Edmonton.

William Betts, Kianna Gallagher, Shyla Golly, Jesse Shirton and Mark Veenstra
4,050 supporters
This petition won 7 years ago

Petition to Sarah Doucette, Adam Vaughan, Michael Thompson, Peter Milczyn, Maria Augimeri, Karen Stintz, Joe Mihevc, Mary Fragedakis, Jaye Robinson, Doug Holyday, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Cesar Palacio, Chin Lee, Mike Del Grande, Shelley Carroll, Mike Layton, Norm Kelly, Michelle Berardinetti, Ron Moeser, Mary-Margaret McMahon, David Shiner, Doug Ford, Pam McConnell, Gord Perks, Mark Grimes, Paul Ainslie, Frank Di Giorgio, Ana Ballão, Frances Nuziata, Josh Colle, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Paula Fletcher, Janet Davis, Anthony Perruzza, Josh Matlow, John Filion, Vincent Crisanti, Giorgio Mammoliti, Gary Crawford, Raymond Cho

Support A Shark Fin Ban in Toronto

  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  

Shark Truth
9,855 supporters