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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
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.
UPDATE - Unfortunately, Bill C-380 was narrowly defeated in a vote at second reading in the House of Commons. The final vote was 143 nays to 138 yeas. But I’m convinced our campaign was successful, and it doesn’t end here. I will continue to push the government to take immediate action to restrict shark fin imports to our country.
View the Vote Details of Bill C-380 here.
In the Media
Tories promise wider shark fin ban Vancouver Sun, by Peter O'Neil
81% of Canadians back shark-fin import ban: poll Sun News, by Kristy Kirkup
100 million sharks killed each year, say scientists The Guardian
Endangered sharks and rays win a modicum of protection The Economist
Fin Donnelly on Bill C-380 Ban the Shark Fin Trade Animal Voices
VIDEO: Inside a shark slaughterhouse in China Toronto Star, by Bill Schiller
Imperilled: Shark populations in free fall throughout the world Vancouver Sun, by Larry Pynn
MP wants ban on shark finning Royal City Record, by Theresa McManus
NDP MP Fin Donnelly seeks Canada-wide ban on shark fins Georgia Straight, by Matthew Burrows
MP pushes to ban import of shark fins Coquitlam Now, by Eva Cohen
MP wants shark fin ban The Province, by Cassidy Olivier
B.C. MP diving in to ban shark fin imports The Province, by Staff Reporter
NDP Fisheries Critic wants to keep illegal shark fins out of Canada New Westminster News Leader, by Helen Polychronakos
Canada Must Restrict Shark Fin Imports(Mar 27, 2013)
Donnelly Congratulates Port Moody on Shark Fin Ban (May 23, 2012)
NDP Bill to Prohibit Import of Shark Fins (Dec 8, 2011)
Illegal Shark Finning Puts Oceans at Risk: NDP (Sept 26, 2011)
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