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Every year, an estimated 100 million sharks are killed around the world—just so that their fins can end up in a bowl of soup.
In the shark finning industry, fishers catch sharks in nets, hack off their fins, and throw the still-living animals back into the ocean to die. Frantically struggling but unable to swim, the sharks sink to the ocean floor and are often eaten alive.
Canadian MP Fin Donnelly has introduced a bill to end the international trade of shark fins in Canada. If passed, bill C-380 would make the import of shark fins—or any attempt to import them—illegal. The House of Commons will vote on this much-needed bill this February.
Although shark finning is illegal in Canadian waters and there are already laws in place that forbid the trading of endangered species products like tiger bones, Asiatic black bear and sun bear bile, and rhino horns, there is no law preventing the sale of shark fins. Now is the time for that to change.
If you’re a Canadian citizen, please urge your Member of Parliament to support C-380, which would enact a nationwide ban on the import of shark fins.
Please send a polite e-mail to your Member of Parliament (find your member’s e-mail address here) and check out the below for suggested text:
I’m writing to urge you to support MP Fin Donnelly’s bill, which is calling for a nationwide ban on the import of shark fins. Every year, an estimated 100 million sharks are killed in the shark finning industry, in which the fins of sharks are hacked off and the still-living animals are thrown back into the ocean to die. As a result of overfishing, 95 percent of many species’ populations have been killed since the 1970s—pushing sharks closer and closer to extinction.
Although shark finning is illegal in Canadian waters and there are laws already in place forbidding the import of such endangered species products as tiger bones, Asiatic black bear and sun bear bile, and rhino horns, there is no law preventing the import of shark fins. Now is the time to add shark fins to the ban.
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