PORT MOODY, B.C. — Port Moody councillors have voted unanimously to ban the sale, trade and distribution of shark fins, making it the first fin-free city in the province.
“The city of Port Moody has shown tremendous leadership, taking a stand against the cruel and wasteful practice of shark finning,” said Gabriel Wildgen, campaigner for Humane Society International/Canada.
“Every year, tens of millions of sharks are finned and tossed in the ocean, dead or dying, to feed the global demand for shark fins.”
Meanwhile, in Victoria, where a ban is not yet in place, a long-standing Chinese restaurant — Don Mee Restaurant — is the first to go fin-free. It no longer serves traditional Chinese shark-fin soup and shark-fin related dishes. The 80-year-old institution joins a growing number of restaurants that support a fin-free Victoria.
Port Moody joins Toronto, Brantford, Mississauga, Oakville, Newmarket, Pickering and London, Ont., — cities and towns that have already enacted similar legislation.