Chinese Businesses, ‘I don’t think it’s fair to launch a full ban’ (re: Toronto Shark Fin Ban)

Chinese businesses question shark fin ban

A proposed shark fin ban in Toronto has some Chinese businesses around the city grappling with the associated ethical concerns, while at the same time questioning whether a municipal ban alone is a worthwhile initiative.

Toronto councillors John Parker, Glenn De Baeremaeker and Kristyn Wong-TamĀ launched a campaign on Monday aimed at banning the sale and consumption of shark fins within the city, citing unethical practices like shark finning, which is illegal in many countries, including Canada.

Shark finning involves hacking off the sharks’ fins and throwing their still-living bodies back into the water. Groups like Oceana and WildAid say up to 73 million sharks a year are killed each year, primarily for their fins.

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