Port Moody Bans Shark Fins from City, Challenges Other Locales to Follow Suit
Author: Cheryl Chan
May 24, 2012
"Shark fin is now extinct in Port Moody after council passed a bylaw - B.C.'s first - banning the exotic delicacy.
City council voted unanimously Tuesday to ban the possession, sale, trade and distribution of shark-fin products, whose demand, activists say, drives a cruel harvesting practice and endangers sharks worldwide.
The move is largely symbolic - Port Moody has three Chinese restaurants, none of which serve shark fin - but Mayor Mike Clay said it prevents shark fin from coming to town, and paves the way for other municipalities to follow suit. "We are a small town . . . but we are more than willing to lead the way and test the bylaw and, hopefully, make it easier in the future for other municipalities who may be facing more of a challenge."
To read the full text of the article, click here.