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Toronto city council has voted to ban the sale of shark fin in the city.
 

The  ban, suggested by councillors John Parker, Glenn De Baeremaeker and  Kristyn Wong-Tam, will outlaw the possession, sale, trade and  distribution of shark fins or their derivative products.
The proposal passed easily - by a vote of 38 to 4.
Shark fins are used in a soup that is often served at traditional Chinese weddings.
Those  who support the ban say sharks are killed inhumanely and often thrown  into the ocean alive after their fins are sliced off.
Those who opposed the ban say the soup is a traditional dish and insist the sharks are killed humanely.
Before  the vote Mayor Rob Ford said he didn’t think it was the city’s  responsibility to ban the sale of shark fins and that he wouldn’t  support the motion.
"I don’t think it’s in our purview to do  that," he told CBC. "If other councillors want to do it it’s an open  vote. It’s been going on for so long I don’t know why it’s an issue  now."
About 100 protesters showed up outside City Hall, claiming a ban would hurt the restaurant industry.
The  proposed bylaw will ban any use of shark fin and will impose fines  ranging from $5,000 for a first offence to $100,000 for a third offence.
Some  critics have argued that imposing a ban in Toronto will not end the  problem since customers who want to eat shark fin soup will just travel  to another municipality that doesn’t have a ban.
They argue that the federal government needs to impose a national ban on the importation and consumption of shark fin.

Agreed wholeheartedly with the last statement. Although I would never eat Shark Fin soup anyway, their ban is useless/only hurting the restaurants when they should really be looking at the issue on a national level.
And Rob Ford is dumb, “It’s been going on for so long I don’t know why it’s an issue  now.” Yeah, well, we could say that about everything and then nothing would change, right? Christ, who the hell voted for you.

Toronto city council has voted to ban the sale of shark fin in the city.

The ban, suggested by councillors John Parker, Glenn De Baeremaeker and Kristyn Wong-Tam, will outlaw the possession, sale, trade and distribution of shark fins or their derivative products.

The proposal passed easily - by a vote of 38 to 4.

Shark fins are used in a soup that is often served at traditional Chinese weddings.

Those who support the ban say sharks are killed inhumanely and often thrown into the ocean alive after their fins are sliced off.

Those who opposed the ban say the soup is a traditional dish and insist the sharks are killed humanely.

Before the vote Mayor Rob Ford said he didn’t think it was the city’s responsibility to ban the sale of shark fins and that he wouldn’t support the motion.

"I don’t think it’s in our purview to do that," he told CBC. "If other councillors want to do it it’s an open vote. It’s been going on for so long I don’t know why it’s an issue now."

About 100 protesters showed up outside City Hall, claiming a ban would hurt the restaurant industry.

The proposed bylaw will ban any use of shark fin and will impose fines ranging from $5,000 for a first offence to $100,000 for a third offence.

Some critics have argued that imposing a ban in Toronto will not end the problem since customers who want to eat shark fin soup will just travel to another municipality that doesn’t have a ban.

They argue that the federal government needs to impose a national ban on the importation and consumption of shark fin.

Agreed wholeheartedly with the last statement. Although I would never eat Shark Fin soup anyway, their ban is useless/only hurting the restaurants when they should really be looking at the issue on a national level.

And Rob Ford is dumb, “It’s been going on for so long I don’t know why it’s an issue now.” Yeah, well, we could say that about everything and then nothing would change, right? Christ, who the hell voted for you.

  1. nekoama reblogged this from mayeko and added:
    Honestly I think anyone who participates in shark finning, whether selling, buying, cooking, eating or doing the actual...
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    Sharks are my favorite animal. I hate knowing what people do to them every day. Did you know that shark is one of the...
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    Thing is, it’s not such a small area. Toronto is enormous, and boasts a population of over 2.5 million people. In...
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    There is a huge Chinese community in Toronto, they make up around 10% of the city’s population, and we’re the largest...
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    I do think it’s a step in the right direction (shark finning is an atrocious and extremely cruel practice which is...
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