Saskatchewan

Students petition to ban shark fin soup

A group of high school students in Saskatoon have started a petition calling on the City to ban shark fin soup.
Katherine Fedoroff and Keaton Schmidt, student environmentalists at Saskatoon's Walter Murray Collegiate, say not only is the survival of sharks at stake, the oceans are at risk, too. (David Shield/CBC )

A group of high school students in Saskatoon have started a petition calling on the City to ban shark fin soup.

In Chinese culture, the soup is considered a delicacy and served at weddings and other significant events.

Animal rights activists say fishing for sharks for this purpose is affecting populations.

 "It's very cruel and it's very sad and 73 million sharks every year suffer from this fate," said Katherine Fedoroff, one of the student environmentalists at Walter Murray Collegiate. "And that really affected our group and we just realized, this can't happen."

Another student involved in the petition, Keaton Schmidt, says the survival of the oceans is at stake, not just sharks.

"Shark populations are in huge decline, they're the top predators, and the ocean ecosystem could potentially collapse if it's not managed properly," he said.

The issue of shark fin soup will soon be addressed nationally — the House of Commons will vote on a private member's bill to ban shark fin imports on March 27.