Canada Needs to Ban Shark Fin Imports


On March 10th, 2016 MP Fin Donnelly re-introduced his bill to ban shark fin imports to Canada. With Bill C-251 Fin is continuing to fight for the health of our oceans and to end the horrific practice of shark finning.

You can read Bill C-251 here and watch Fin introduce the bill in the house here. 


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.

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

Fin's 2013 private member’s bill proposed 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 .

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.

While the bill did not pass, Fin's campaign was still successful, and it still continues today. Fin will continue to push the government to take immediate action to restrict shark fin imports to our country.

Read my speech and watch the first hour of debate here .

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

Endangered shark fins sold in Vancouver: probe CTV News

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

Press Releases

Canada Must Restrict Shark Fin Imports (Mar 27, 2013)

City Councillors Join MP's Call on Federal Government to Adopt Shark Fin Import Ban (Sept 25, 2012)

NDP MP Fin Donnelly Congratulates Two BC Cities for Passing Shark Fin Bans (Sept 14, 2012)

Donnelly Congratulates Port Moody on Shark Fin Ban (May 23, 2012)

NDP Bill to Prohibit Import of Shark Fins (Dec 8, 2011)

Poll Finds Overwhelming Support for Ban on Shark Fins Imports (Oct 23, 2011)

Illegal Shark Finning Puts Oceans at Risk: NDP (Sept 26, 2011)