Fin in the House: Tabling S-238, a bill to ban import and export of shark fins

    Mr. Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP) moved for leave to introduce Bill S-238, An Act to amend the Fisheries Act and the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (importation and exportation of shark fins).

     He said: Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to sponsor Bill S-238, which proposes to ban the importation and exportation of shark fins. This legislation was passed in the Senate late last year and now must be reviewed in the House of Commons.

    This legislation, introduced by Senator Michael McDonald, would prohibit the importation and exportation of shark fins.

    With a federal election expected on October 21, it is imperative that all members work together to ensure that Bill S-238 receives royal assent before the fall election.

    Over 70 million sharks are killed each year for their fins. Since 2011, five private members' bills have been introduced that would have banned the trade in shark fins. In that time, over half a billion sharks have been butchered and killed for their fins.

    We cannot wait for another election. We must pass this legislation and end the destructive practice of shark finning.