Today, the opposition brought in 300+ people to protest against the ban. Tomorrow, Toronto city councillors and the mayor will be voting on legislation to make the city Fin Free. Despite the shark fin ban passing unanimously through the Licensing & Standards Committee, your support is essential and urgently needed – NOW.
Mayor Ford as well as Councillors Mammoliti and Holyday are against the shark fin ban. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/toronto-shark-fin-ban-draws-mounting-opposition-ahead-of-vote/article2211649/
The mayor and councillors need to hear from you, REGARDLESS OF WHERE YOU LIVE. Write them an email today if you haven’t already done so.
The letter can be as long or as short as you like. Ask them to support the ban, if you are a Toronto resident, please include your address so that your Councillor knows their ward supports shark conservation. The entire process should take a few minutes and all the email addresses are listed at the bottom of this page.
TORONTO CITY COUNCIL:
To the Honorable Mayor Ford and Toronto City Council
I am writing to urge you to pass the Toronto shark fin ban in behalf of Sea Stewards and thousands of American shark supporters.
Sharks are important for ocean health, and the shark fin trade is destroying the balance of ocean ecosystems.
Please join California and many states and island nations and act in behalf of the ocean, ocean life and all cultures to protect sharks.
The destruction of shark species is at imminent risk and we need to to give these remarkable top predators a chance to recover their populations and restore balance to our oceans.
The ban on fins is necessary to help stem the global depletion of shark populations. Reaching upwards of $600 a pound, fins are more sought after as opposed to shark meat which is approximately $1 per pound. Once the fins are removed, the sharks’ body is thrown back overboard, often still alive where it sinks the bottom, to slowly bleed out, and then die. The shark fins are then processed and dried and shipped for human consumption. Driving the demand for fins is shark fin soup because it is a favorable dish to serve at banquets and special events to show affluence.
Apex predators, sharks are at the top of the oceans’ food chain, and once removed, all of the oceans species will fall like a house of cards. With scientists estimating 34 % of the world’s oceanic sharks threatened with extinction, we may be the generation that is responsible for killing off a species that has been in existence for over 450 million years.
Although shark fin has been a customary Chinese entrée for years, respected Chinese Canadians support the ban on shark fins. Please join them in a pledge for ocean health by stopping the shark fin trade.