WildAid Canada is thrilled by the news that Canadian Member of Parliament Fin Donnelly will be introducing federal legislation banning the trade in shark fin.
“Fin Donnelly’s proposal is a key step in the growing campaign to address the global problem of the shark fin trade,” said Rob Sinclair, Executive Director of WildAid Canada. “His leadership is the strongest example yet of a Canadian elected official taking action to counter this global threat.”
Shark fin soup is a key reason why one-third of the world’s shark species are now threatened with extinction. Up to 73 million sharks are slaughtered every year to make shark fin soup.
While the practice of shark finning is illegal in Canada and the U.S., current federal laws banning shark finning do not address the issue of the shark fin trade. Therefore, fins are being imported to North America from countries with few or even no shark protections in place. Bans passed recently in Hawaii, Oregon and the state of Washington and in the Ontario city of Brantford. Similar legislation is pending in California, Mississauga, and the City of Toronto.