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Fin Free Planet:

SIGN THE PETITION TO MAKE THE PLANET FIN FREE
Fin Free is a global campaign addressing a very real issue: the mass slaughter of sharks to supply a growing consumer demand for shark fin. We believe that to protect sharks and ensure their continued existence, governments must get involved and institute legislation that bans the sale and trade of shark fin.

FIN FREE CAMPAIGNS:

1. Address the issues from a positive, balanced perspective
2. Ensure cultural sensitivities through a responsible and respectful approach
3. Seek and provide accurate, factual, thoughtful and reasonable information
4. Educate and build awareness. Work with – not against.
5. Unite the passion of many to make a difference with a common voice.

6. Present solutions and provide alternatives.
7. Provide very meaningful ways to make a difference.

Fin Free does not condone, endorse or tolerate any form of discrimination, threats, or any words or actions that relate negatively to anyone regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, age, religion or gender or sexual preference. We believe communities everywhere can and should work together to affect positive change.

Fin Free will not draw attention to or tolerate any negative or hateful comments, images, or videos posted on websites or social media. We will report and remove any such materials as within our capacity and encourage others to do the same. We believe misdirected and misguided comments and actions are a reflection of lack of awareness on the issues and we will work to better inform, and promote positive messages in response.

Report inappropriate comments or activities at finfreehotline[at]unitedconservationists[dot]org


SIGN THE PETITION TO MAKE THE PLANET FIN FREE
WHY DO WE NEED A BAN?

Every year 73-100 million sharks are killed, mostly for shark fin soup. Many of these are finned, where the rest of the shark’s body is thrown back into the ocean, wasting 95% of the animal.

Overfishing has lead to the depletion of the world’s fish stocks by as much as 75 percent and the depletion of sharks by as much as 90 percent.
Sharks have been apex predators for 400 million years, pre-dating the dinosaurs by 150 million years. They breed like elephants and people: having few young and can take decades to reach sexual maturity, making them susceptible to overfishing.
Without critical steps towards conservation, sharks are facing extinction within our lifetime, which will have catastrophic effects on the oceans we depend on for survival.
Over 90 countries have banned the practice of shark finning [www.finfree.com/education], but NOT the import, possession or sale of fins, allowing the practice of finning to continue as long as the fins are brought back to port on a shipping vessel, not a fishing vessel. Since 2009, Hawaii, Guam, Saipan, Washington state and the city of Brantford Ontario Canada have imposed bans on the sale, import and possession of shark fin and shark fin products.
Banning the import, sale and possession of shark fin and shark derivative products is essential as it is impossible to tell which fins are from sharks that were finned.

It’s time to take action towards protecting sharks like we have for elephants, tigers and whales.


HELP SAVE OUR OCEANS AND OUR HEALTH

  • Sharks have existed for over 400 million years, have survived 5 major extinctions and pre-date the dinosaurs by 150 million years
  • As apex predators at the top of marine ecosystems, sharks control the populations of marine life below them on the food chain, right down to tiny plants called Phytoplankton: the greatest consumer of carbon dioxide on our planet, providing more than half of the oxygen we breathe.
  • Shark meat and shark fin contain mercury and other toxins; some fins have been found to contain over 40 times the permissible limit of mercury for human consumption.
  • Sharks can accumulate levels of methyl-mercury in their flesh that are so high that a single shark steak can cause mercury poisoning, leading to sterility, deafness, memory loss, nervous system issues and birth defects including blindness for those who consume it. Source: Health Canada
  • SeaChoice, Canada’s most comprehensive sustainable seafood program which helps Canadians take an active role in supporting sustainable fisheries and aquaculture at all levels of the seafood supply chain, strongly advises to avoid eating shark, from all regions, at all times


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