NPA park board candidate Dave Pasin calls for Canada-wide shark fin ban
A day after Mississauga city council deferred a decision on a city-wide shark-fin ban, a Non-Partisan Association park board candidate is calling for one across the country.
“It’s something that, if we got on board with [it], could gain national momentum and we could ban it in Canada,” Dave Pasin told the Straight by phone on September 7. “I think that’s important.”
Pasin lauded U.K. chef Gordon Ramsay, who has taken on the issue with his show Shark Bait. Pasin said he first heard about the practice of shark finning, ostensibly to make shark-fin soup, in a documentary on the Discovery Channel.
“Finning was actually the first story and was probably most of the program, and the barbarism that goes with the finning,” Pasin said. “And they were showing some very graphic photos of everything from thresher sharks to the little guys, I forget what they’re called, being finned and thrown back. It takes place all over the Pacific and it was appalling, just appalling.”
Despite the fact shark-fin soup is still popular on special occasions in some cultures, Pasin said “there is no need for it in this day and age”.