Poll Finds Overwhelming Support for Ban on Shark Fins Imports

OTTAWA – A new poll released today by the NDP Fisheries and Oceans critic, Fin Donnelly, shows an overwhelming majority of British Columbians support an import ban on shark fins into Canada.

“The poll results echo what I have been hearing during my consultations on this issue across the country,” said Donnelly. “Canadians want the federal government to show leadership and take immediate action.”

In September, Donnelly’s office commissioned Mustel Group to poll 500 residents of British Columbia. The results show that 83.4% of people are opposed to the importation of shark fins. The poll also tested in Mandarin and Cantonese and found that 76.8% of respondents of Chinese ancestry opposed the importation of shark fins to Canada. Further breakdowns include gender, age, household composition, education, household income, employment status, and region. In all breakdowns, the level of opposition to the importation of shark fins into Canada ranges from 76-88%.

Donnelly intends to introduce legislation to introduce a Canadian ban on the importation of shark fins in the coming weeks. By adopting such a ban, Canada would play a leadership role in the worldwide campaign to stop the destructive and inhumane practice of shark finning.

"The practice of shark finning is decimating the global shark populations and is putting our ocean ecosystems at risk,” said Donnelly. “Canada has an opportunity to do the right thing by stopping this destructive practice and enacting an import ban right away.”