Burnaby Considering Joint-Ban on Shark Fin
Author: Jennifer Moreau
Source: Burnaby Now
August 15, 2012
"The days of shark fin soup could be numbered as Burnaby, Vancouver and Richmond enter discussions about a coordinated ban of the fins.
The soup is served as a prestigious dish at Chinese wedding banquets in restaurants throughout the Lower Mainland, but activists concerned about shark populations and the cruelty involved in fin harvesting have been pushing municipalities to ban the delicacy.
"I believe shark fin soup has outlived its usefulness," said Coun. Sav Dhaliwal. "It certainly is very cruel, and I think people need to be thinking twice about it before they order a bowl of shark fin soup."
Dhaliwal said there have been unofficial talks between the cities on coordinating a ban, which would be more effective if all cities were on board. According to Dhaliwal, businesses are always concerned when one municipality bans something but a neighbouring city doesn't, and customers could easily go someplace else to find the soup."
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