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sharks

3 petitions

Started 6 months ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau, Bonnie Crombie, House of Commons

In Honour of Rob Stewart, Sign This Petition to Ban Shark Fin Importation in Mississauga

What is Shark Finning? It is the removal of fins from sharks, often while the shark is alive. The sharks are usually thrown back into the ocean while still alive, but without their fins. Unable to swim effectively, they sink to the bottom of the ocean and die of suffocation or are eaten by other predators. Not only is the finning of sharks barbaric, but their indiscriminate slaughter at an unsustainable rate is pushing many species of sharks to the brink of extinction. Since the 1970s, the populations of several species, such as Blacktip, Tiger, Bull, Dusky, and Smooth Hammerhead sharks have been decimated by over 90%. Already, 18-20 species of sharks are listed as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Sharks, as an important species, help the oceans maintain an important balance by keeping the populations of smaller fish in check. If sharks were to become extinct, it would spell disaster for ocean ecosystems worldwide, as the food supply for smaller fish wouldn't be able to meet the ever increasing demand! Why Should Shark Fin Importation Be Banned in the City of Mississauga? By implementing an import ban, Mississauga will show global leadership in the fight to stop the harmful practice of shark finning and end our role in the trade of fins from threatened and endangered sharks. Through this act, other cities, in and outside of Canada, may find the will to do their part in banning shark fin importation. Unfortunately, time for the world's shark populations is quickly running out. Please sign and share the petition to tell Canada's leaders to ban the trade of shark fins nationwide and take a big step in preserving the world's vital oceans. It is the  time to take a bite out of the shark fin trade once and for all!

Nicole Serwatka
6,147 supporters
This petition won 6 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
9,868 supporters