Canada is the largest importer of shark fins outside of Asia. It is time to put an end to the cruel and inhumane shark fin trade.
Sharks have been roaming our oceans for over 420 million years – 200 million years before dinosaurs walked the earth, but today, we are killing them faster than they can recover.
Help protect sharks!
Add your voice to this petition banning the import and export of shark fins in Canada and contact your Member of Parliament to demand that they support the passage of Bill S-238.
Shark finning is a brutal and wasteful practice that involves cutting off a shark’s fins, often while it is still alive. The shark is then tossed back into the ocean where it will drown, bleed to death or be eaten alive by another animal without its fins.
Shark finning is illegal in Canadian waters; however, Canada is the largest importer of shark fins outside of Asia.
Sharks are one of the most exploited species on the planet. The demand for delicacies, such as shark fin soup is contributing to their decline. Fins from up to 73 million sharks end up in the global fin trade every year and, unfortunately, demand is growing. According to Statistics Canada, more than 170,000 kilograms of shark fins were imported in 2017 – a 60 per cent increase from 2012.
The good news is we can make a difference! Bill S-238 seeks to end the import and export of shark fins in Canada. In the spring of 2018, the Bill was unanimously passed by the Senate Fisheries Committee. Now, the House of Commons needs to pass it so it can become law.
Oceana Canada is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Jonathan Wilkinson to support Bill S-238 and ban the import and export of shark fins in Canada.
Now is your chance to make a difference for these iconic species.
Presentation to the Senate: Ending the Importation of Shark Fins into Canada
Sign the petition
Join the conversation at #FinBanNow
Fins from up to 73 million sharks end up in the global fin trade every year.