Item - 2011.LS7.2
- This item was considered by Licensing and Standards Committee on September 9, 2011. The Licensing and Standards Committee has referred this item to an official or other body without making a decision. Consult the text of the decision for further information on the referral.
- See also Item MM9.3
- See also Item LS9.3
LS7.2 - A By-law to Ban the Possession, Sale and Consumption of Shark Fin and Derivative Products in Toronto
- Decision Type:
The Licensing and Standards Committee referred this item to the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards with the request to:
1. Report back as soon as possible to the Licensing and Standards Committee and Council on a by-law that would prohibit the possession, sale, and consumption of all shark fin products in Toronto.
City Council on June 14 and 15, 2011, referred Motion MM9.3 to the Licensing and Standards Committee.
Sharks are being slaughtered world-wide at the rate of over 70 million per year; with experts agreeing that sharks could be extinct within 10 to 20 years at the current rate of slaughter.
Shark finning is a wasteful, inhumane practice that involves cutting off a shark's fins and then tossing the still-live shark back overboard to drown, bleed to death, or be eaten alive by other animals. While shark fins are considered a delicacy in some restaurants, they have no significant nutritional value and are considered unhealthy for human consumption due to the accumulation of high levels of mercury and other toxins in the fins and flesh.
The Canadian government has banned "shark finning" in Canadian waters since 1994 as has the United States (2009) and the European Community (2003); but the sale of shark fins continues in cities across Canada and the world. States and municipal governments - including Hawaii, Guam, Washington State, Oregon and California - representing over 47 million people have introduced or proposed bans on the trade and consumption of shark fins; with legislators in mainland China and Indonesia initiating bans and restrictions as well. The City of Brantford, Ontario is the first municipality in Canada to ban shark fins.
(Submitted to City Council on June 14 and 15, 2011 as MM9.3)
(August 23, 2011) E-mail from Brian and Mary Lou Verbonac (LS.Main.LS7.2.2)
(September 6, 2011) Letter from Barbara Chiu, Executive Director, Toronto Chinese Business Association (TCBA) with 30 signatures (LS.New.LS7.2.3)
(September 7, 2011) E-mail from Barbara Chiu, Executive Director, Toronto Chinese Business Association (TCBA) forwarding a Report - A By-law to Prohibit the Consumption and Sale of Shark Fins or Shark Fin Food Products Within the City of Mississauga (LS.New.LS7.2.4)
(September 8, 2011) Letter from Christopher Chin, Executive Director, The Center for Oceanic Awareness, Research and Education (COARE) (LS.New.LS7.2.5)
(September 9, 2011) Submission from Toronto Chinese Business Association (TCBA) (LS.New.LS7.2.6)
(September 9, 2011) Submission from Julie Anderson, Shark Advocate (LS.New.LS7.2.7)
(September 9, 2011) Presentation from Ziya Tong, Producer/Host, Daily Planet (LS.New.LS7.2.8)
(September 9, 2011) Submission from Sydney Bombier (LS.New.LS7.2.9)
(September 9, 2011) Petition from Kassidy Eagleson with approximately 63 signatures (LS.New.LS7.2.10)
Ralph Hui, Immediate Past President, Toronto Chinese Business Association
Barbara Chiu, Executive Director, Toronto Chinese Business Association
Peter Chan, President, Ontario Chinese Restaurant and Food Services Association
Elaine Ma, President, Casa Imperial Group
Peter Tam, Sealot Trading Company Limited
Woon Sun Chan, Grass Mountain Villa Restaurant
Keung-Tat Cho, Very Fair Chinese Restaurant
David Tsang, Casa Victoria Fine Dinning
David Tang, Full House Chinese Restaurant
Xian Tao Li
Huai De Lei
Sherman Chan, Crown Prince Fine Dinning
Julie Andersen (Submission Filed)
Sydney Bombier (Submission Filed)
That the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, report back as soon as possible to the Licensing and Standards Committee and Council on a by-law that would prohibit the possession, sale, and consumption of all shark fin products in Toronto.
Vote (Refer Item) Sep-09-2011
|Result: Carried||Majority Required|
|Total members that voted Yes: 5||Members that voted Yes are Glenn De Baeremaeker, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Frances Nunziata, Cesar Palacio (Chair)|
|Total members that voted No: 0||Members that voted No are|
|Total members that were Absent: 1||Members that were absent are Anthony Perruzza|