Culture clash over proposed shark-fin ban
Toronto city councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker is pushing to ban the controversial delicacy shark fin soup, following in the footsteps of Brantford, which became the first city in Canada to make ownership, sale and trade of shark fins illegal last month.
Often served during Chinese wedding banquets and large events, shark fin soup has been the primary motivation behind the killing of an estimated 73 million sharks per year, accord to Oceana, a marine conservation group.
Since the fins are the most valuable part of the shark, fetching between $238 and $560 per pound in one supermarket in downtown Toronto, the remainder is frequently thrown back in the water and left to die.
Photos: Shark fin soup sold at a Chinese Sea Food Restaurant in Toronto. (Brett Gundlock/National Post); Fishermen transport a load of harvested shark fins, June 30, 2000 in the southern Philippine island of Sulu. (Jay Directo/AFP PHOTO)