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Today is World Oceans Day: WildAid Canada Calls for Action on Threat Posed by Shark Fin Trade

WildAid Canada today is sending out materials to over 3,500 Canadian legislators, at the municipal, provincial and federal level, calling for action on the conservation crisis created by the shark fin trade.

Up to 73 million sharks are slaughtered every year to make shark fin soup and related food products. Captured at sea and hauled on deck, the sharks are often still alive while their fins are sliced off and the remainder of the animal is thrown back into the water to die. Shark meat is not considered to be healthy for human consumption as it usually contains high levels of mercury and other toxins.

“With action already taken in Toronto and Brantford to ban the trade in shark fin, WildAid is buoyed by the fact that legislators in over a dozen jurisdictions across Canada have contacted us to see what they can do to counter the threat posed to the world’s shark populations,” said Rob Sinclair, Executive Director of WildAid Canada.

“Today, WildAid is calling on our elected representatives across Canada to secure a future for a species facing extinction after 400 million years,” added Sinclair.

Recent action has seen the sale and possession of shark fin banned in the States of Washington and Hawaii and legislation has passed both the Oregon and California Assembly.