70-100 million sharks are being killed each year for their fins;
One third of all shark species are now at risk of extinction as a result;
The oceans produce approximately 60 percent of the oxygen that we breathe and absorbs a similar amount of CO2;
Sharks are vital to a healthy ocean ecosystem;
A healthy ocean ecosystem helps mitigate the effects of climate change and provides sustenance and employment for billions of people; and
By lessening the demand for shark fins Canada can make a positive impact on the environment and show leadership.
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to Adopt bill C-251 as a government bill.
Rob Stewart was an award winning Canadian film maker. He spent his life working to raise awareness of the importance of sharks to our oceans and of the need for us to protect them from extinction. Ultimately and tragically he ended up giving his life for this cause.
Canada can honour his work and provide a lasting legacy for his efforts by adopting and supporting bill C-251.
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