Tradition is no excuse for shark fining

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Canadians know they have a responsibility as a nation to protect delicate eco-systems heavily affected by the near extinction of animals like sharks

Submitted: November 28, 2011

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Dear Editor,

My name is Frank John Li and I'm 17 year old student currently residing in Barrie, Ontario.

I am a Chinese - Canadian and many of my friends are heavily interlaced with the shark tail tradition. I am also a follower of modern science and am epically concerned about the deterioration of our planet and the destruction of delicate eco-systems.

When action was taken by Canada against shark fining I was not surprised to read about Chinese outrage because it's our tradition - change is difficult to many. I'm empathic to their protest. The claim however this was an incident of discrimination is appalling.

Canada is a country of multiculturalism - not anarchy. We have to behave in accordance to our laws and values - somethings which no tradition can override. The state does not care if your from a culture that practices for example honor killing because such an act is against the law.

Like wise Canadians know they have a responsibility as a nation to protect delicate eco-systems heavily affected by the near extinction of animals like sharks. No preference of food or business should not and can not divert our responsibility.

So to Mr. Harper I appreciate you listened to the protest of the Chinese community (or at least the minority protesting) but let's not forget your responsibility to uphold our law, and our responsibilities.


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