WildAid is thrilled by the news that the City of Mississauga has banned the sale and possession of shark fin. With a population of almost 800,000, it is the sixth largest city in Canada and the largest to pass a ban to date.
“Mississauga’s action is the latest positive step in the growing campaign to end this unsustainable trade,” said Rob Sinclair, Executive Director of WildAid Canada. “Mississauga’s leadership is the strongest example yet of a Canadian municipality 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 and related food products.
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 California, Hawaii, Oregon and the state of Washington and in the Ontario city of Brantford. Similar legislation is pending in and the City of Toronto.