Ban on the commercialisation and possession of shark fins in Québec
WHEREAS the number of sharks killed for their fins is between 38 to 100 million per year throughout the world;
WHEREAS the practice of shark finning results in considerable waste since only 3 to 5% of the shark’s overall mass is used and that the mutilated and lower-value shark is tossed back into the sea to die;
WHEREAS 115 shark species throughout the world are currently threatened or near-threatened;
WHEREAS the practice of shark finning reduces shark populations thus affecting traditional and sustainable fisheries;
WHEREAS no traceability or eco-certification measures currently exist for legal and sanctioned shark fisheries;
WHEREAS sharks play an indispensable role in maintaining marine ecosystems;
We, the signatories, ask the National Assembly of Québec to ban the commercialisation and possession of shark fins in the province.
The signing period for this petition is over.
Signing deadline : February 14, 2013
Number of signatures : 5138