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Every year, up to 73 million sharks are killed for their fins, threatening one-third of open ocean sharks with extinction.
Finning is incredibly inhumane, as the sharks are typically thrown back into the water to drown. Sharks are disappearing at an alarming rate, and if they go extinct the ecological consequences would be devastating. As an apex predator, sharks hold the oceans in balance and their extinction would have significant effects on every species below them.
The practice of finning was brought to light by Rob Stewart, a Canadian biologist and filmmaker who dedicated his life to the conservation of sharks and our oceans. Since the release of his award winning documentary Sharkwater in 2006, many states and municipal governments including Hawaii, Guam, Washington State, Oregon and California – representing over 47 million people have introduced or proposed bans on the trade and consumption of shark fins, with representatives in mainland China and Indonesia initiating bans and restrictions as well.
A Canadian ban on the importation of shark fins would have a significant impact on the shark fin industry and would reduce the demand for shark fin imports and subsequently the practice of shark finning