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Canada, It's Time to Ban the Shark Fin Trade!

Canada, It's Time to Ban the Shark Fin Trade!

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Thomas Mulcair, Bob Rae, Elizabeth May, Keith Ashfield, Justin Trudeau - Leader: Liberal Party of Canada

Update: May 27, 2013 - Calgary council kills Shark Fin ban: http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/calgary/Calgary+shark+shelved+indefinitely/8440252/story.html

Update: Mar. 27, 2013 - A Private Members Bill to ban shark fin imports by NDP MP Fin Donnelly was narrowly defeated in the Canadian House of Commons: 143-138, with 3 Conservatives actually voting for the ban. Time to ramp up the pressure on Canada's Federal Government! http://www.vancouversun.com/Government+defeat+proposal+shark+imports/8161334/story.html

Update: Dec. 1, 2012 - Ontario's Superior Court overturned Toronto's ban on Shark fin imports: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/ontario-court-overturns-torontos-shark-fin-ban/article5881455/?cmpid=rss1&utm_source=dlvr.it_tor&utm_medium=twitter

Sharks - the apex predators of the oceans are rapidly disappearing! Fishermen have killed these monsters of the sea for their fins, usually used in Shark Fin Soup - a delicacy in some Chinese restaurants. Over hunting of the world's largest fish has caused severe declines among many shark species, including the iconic Great White. UN estimates show a population collapse of 90% in the Mediterranean and the Gulf of Mexico.

The situation has become so dire that China has decided to ban Shark Fin Soup at official state banquets. In the U.S. several states to date (including California and New York), have introduced state-wide bans on shark fins, with more in the process of introducing bans.

Several British Columbia cities have opted to ban shark fins. Vancouver and 2 of its suburbs have considered banning shark fins. The practice of killing and finning sharks in Canadian waters is already illegal. However, imports of shark fins as of yet haven't been banned nationwide.

Sharks help to maintain an important balance in our oceans, 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!

Time is running out for the world's shark populations so 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's time to take a bite out of the Shark fin trade!

Should Shark Fin Soup be banned in Canada?

City council votes 13-2 to ban sale, possession of shark fins

Cities unite on shark fin issue - Burnaby Now: http://www.burnabynow.com/technology/Cities+unite+shark+issue/7104513/story.html

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