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Success! Toronto Bans Shark Fin Products

Success! Toronto Bans Shark Fin Products


Thanks to the help of thousands of Care2 members, Toronto has made this historic step to ban shark fin products.

Written by Lloyd Alter, Treehugger

It was a typical Toronto political scene; City Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker flies a radio controlled shark balloon around the council chambers; speaker Nunziata jumps up and down, but in the end when it comes to a vote, a ban on shark fin products is passed by an astonishing 38 to 4, over the objections of Mayor Rob Ford and his closest supporters, now down to like three people. Mayor Ford said “I don’t think it’s in our purview to do that. If other councillors want to do it it’s an open vote,” as they all are in a system without political parties.

The Chinese community in Toronto is very large and influential, and the Toronto Chinese Business Association took out full page ads protesting the vote, making a surprisingly specious argument:

In a comparable situation, ivory products have been banned in this country for a long time. How come there is no pressure for private and business owners of merchandise or gifts with ivory content such as pianos to surrender these possessions and there is no action against these owners? Moreover, some species of tigers are also endangered. Why are people allowed to display a tiger’s head in their house without fear of punishment? In this sense, why does this by-law single the shark fin out as a forbidden product starting Sept. 1, 2012? Is this focus on the shark fin environmental or emotional?

But the activists at Fin Free Toronto ruled the day.

After a year of Mayor Rob Ford, it is nice to be able to take the paper bag off my head, things are looking up.

This post was originally published by Treehugger.


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10:04PM PST on Mar 9, 2012

Toronto had the heart to do what the rest of the world should do. It's time that humans live in the 21st century and show our responsibility for the planet.

10:24AM PST on Jan 11, 2012


6:55PM PST on Dec 11, 2011

good step forward... but how about banning all fish please..

3:18AM PST on Nov 19, 2011

great news, thanks for sharing :)

9:33AM PST on Nov 15, 2011

Good. Little by little, we improve the world.

8:28AM PST on Nov 14, 2011


5:15PM PST on Nov 11, 2011

wooo!!! great news!this makes me so happy! (:

1:36PM PDT on Nov 2, 2011

Well it's about time! I have been appauled by this behavior for so long! Thank you to those who committed to finally making this happen!

4:20AM PDT on Nov 2, 2011

Thanks for good news.

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