TORONTO (CANADA)-The plea for banning shark fins leads to debates all over the world. In Toronto where city council proposed to ban the sale of shark fins in the city, more than 200 people protested outside city hall yesterday. Many of the members of the large Chinese community of the city.

Many wore signs that say a ban would be “an unfair and irresponsible act.”

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More importantly, the opposition is mounting to the proposed ban on the sale and possession of shark fins, with Mayor Rob Ford saying he will not support the move when it comes before city council Tuesday. 

The Mayor said he does not believe the city should become involved in such a ban and questioned why the issue is being raised at the local level at this time. “I am not going to support a ban on shark fins,” Mayor Ford told reporters Monday, adding that he didn’t think it was part of the city’s purview.

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Two of the mayor’s closest allies on council – deputy mayor Doug Holyday and the mayor’s brother, Doug Ford – also say they cannot support the ban, which gained unanimous approval earlier this month at a committee meeting. At the time, the ban gained the backing of committee members who are part of the mayor’s inner circle and it looked as if the proposal would sail through council. 

That’s no longer the case in the face of mounting opposition from members of the Chinese community who staged a protest outside city hall on Monday. “I won’t be voting for it,” Councillor Doug Ford told reporters.

“I’m a big supporter of the Chinese community, if that’s part of their culture then we shouldn’t interfere in that.”

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