B.C. MP Fin Donnelly today (December 8) introduced legislation in Ottawa to ban the importing of shark fins.
Donnelly, the NDP’s oceans critic, said Canada has an opportunity to take a lead role in international efforts to protect species threatened by the practice of shark finning.
“With millions of sharks being killed each year just for their fins, this international marine conservation crisis requires immediate action,” Donnelly said in a statement.
“The often illegal targeting of sharks for their fins is causing a rapid decline in shark populations and hurting marine ecosystems around the world,” he said.
Donnelly said a petition started in late November already has 3,000 signatures from Canadians who support a ban on shark fin imports.