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While the protection of sharks has grown in popularity in the last decade, it is still not 100% successful. In particular, shark fins are still considered a delicacy in many cultures, and are often found at restaurants and traditional Chinese medicine stores. In fact, over 75 million sharks are culled each year for their fins.
While some people have suggested a shark fin ban in Ontario, like Todd Cowan, the Mayor of Woolwich, the cost of monitoring this would be astronomical and unrealistic to small cities and towns.
However, there are some inspiring examples of people taking action against the slaughter of sharks. For example, 9 year old Carleton Henderson from Kitchener, Ontario, formed an online petition and has over 180 followers. He also has gone to the city and regional committees and asked for bylaws banning shark fins and its sales and products. This shows that, through community involvement and taking matters into our own hands, we can have a big impact on the world around us.