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.

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.


In June 2019, the import and export of shark fins in Canada was banned. Provisions in Bill S-238 became law after being included in Bill C-68 to amend the Fisheries Act. This is a huge victory for sharks and for the many Canadians, advocacy groups and politicians who joined together to champion a ban of this cruel practice, including 300,000 of you that added your voice to our petition.