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Pamela Anderson adds voice to shark fin debate

Famed BayWatch actress and B.C. native Pamela Anderson is weighing in on a motion put forward by Langley City councillor Rosemary Wallace to ban shark fin products.

She is urging both Langley and Richmond to join Toronto in banning shark fin products.

Anderson told Toronto media last week that she is pleased Toronto will ban shark fin soup from appearing on restaurant menus, starting Sept. 1.

She had heard that Richmond and Langley City were contemplating the same ban and hoped they would follow suit.

She called the practice “disgusting.” She told the media that eating that soup is “indefensible.”

In June, Wallace told council that it may not be a common practice to serve shark fin soup in Langley, but the cruelty that goes into it warrants a ban anyways. She said she had heard of one restaurant that had served up the Chinese delicacy.

The soup is a very common dish served at Chinese weddings and is connected with showing a certain amount of prestige.

Wallace said up to 73 million sharks have their fins cut off and then thrown back into the ocean to die each year.

There is a ban in Port Moody and many other cities are contemplating a ban.

Langley City staff are expected to bring back a report to council for them to consider.

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