Canadian Bill Introduced to Ban Shark Fin Imports Nationwide
The movement to ban shark fins has been gaining strength, with more bans passing throughout the world. In the United States, bans have been passed in Washington, Oregon, Hawaii and most recently California, the largest market for shark fins outside of Asia. Now, in Canada a federal bill has been introduced and would ban the import of shark fins throughout the entire nation.
According to Shark Angels, Canadian Bill C380 would ban the imports into the country as well as urge other nations to take the same step. MP Fin Donnelly, who introduced the bill, says “It’s time for the federal government to listen to their municipal counterparts and take action. They can demonstrate real leadership on this global issue and institute an import ban of shark fins to Canada.” While bans have already been passed in Brantford, Mississauga, Oakville, Pickering, London and Toronto, the federal law will help to prevent the international trade of illegally obtained shark fins being imported into Canada.
MP Donnelly also launched a petition to support the bill, along with Sharkwater filmmaker Rob Stewart. “With up to 73,000,000 sharks killed each year for their fins, a collaborative global response is desperately needed. Banning ivory protected elephants when they were most vulnerable. By banning the import of shark fins to Canada, we will give sharks a much needed chance to recover,” said Stewart.
Julie Andersen, founder of Shark Angels and Executive Director of United Conservationists, has spent years documenting the horrors of the shark finning. She says, “With Toronto’s recent ban, over 4 million people in Canada are already Fin Free, and we believe this movement will continue to spread not only through Canada, but the rest of the world.”
Shark Angels reports that some regional populations of sharks have declined 95% in just a few decades.