Sharks are some of the most important apex predators in Earth's oceans, but the trade for their fins has continued to decimate populations around the world.
According to Humane Society International, it's estimated that up to 100 million sharks are now being killed every year to meet the demand for their fins and parts, which breaks down to 11,000 sharks every single hour.
While Canada banned shark finning in 1994, which involves removing sharks' fins and throwing their bodies back while they're still alive, fins can still be imported into the country, which is now believed to be the largest importer outside of East Asia.
Now, however, there's a chance for Canada to help end this brutal trade.
The Shark Fin Importation Act (S 238), which was just introduced in the House of Commons by Fin Donnelly, would ban the import and export of shark fins in Canada.
Along with receiving bipartisan support from lawmakers, it's also being backed by scientists, conservationists, animal advocates, and the family of Canadian filmmaker Rob Stewart, who brought attention to this issue with his films Sharkwater and Sharkwater Extinction before his death, but with an upcoming election there's no time to waste.
Since 2011, five Private Members Bills have been introduced that would ban the trade of shark fins, but there hasn't been any progress and in that time it's estimated that nearly one billion sharks have been slaughtered for their fins.
This bill was passed in the Senate in October, but still needs to be passed by the House.
Please sign and share this petition urging Canadian lawmakers to pass this important piece of legislation to protect sharks from this cruel and unnecessary trade.