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It is estimated that 100 million sharks
are killed each year for their fins alone.
One-third of all shark species are threatened
with extinction due to shark finning.
It's time to take action, Canada.
It's time for an import ban.
Sharks are an important apex predator in our ocean ecosystems. But shark populations are plummeting around the world largely due to the demand for their fins.
Because of the high value placed on their fins alone, sharks are often killed by the practice of finning - where the fins are removed and the rest of the shark is thrown back into the sea, often still alive.
The loss of sharks is an international conservation crisis requiring countries like Canada to implement measures that will help curb the demand for illegally harvested shark fin.
By implementing an import ban, Canada will show global leadership in the fight to stop the harmful practice of shark finning and end our role in the trade of fins from threatened and endangered sharks.
Private Member's Bill C-380
My private member’s bill proposes a prohibition on the importation of shark fin to Canada. It would also enshrine in legislation Canada’s ban on shark finning. Read the bill here.
Read my speech and watch the first hour of debate here.
MPs will vote on second reading of Bill C-380 on March 27, 2013.