North Vancouver city council tabled a plan in June to ban the sale of shark fin within the municipality. The move is in line with longstanding demands of activists who oppose the sale of the product because of the cruel practices used in harvesting it - the fins are typically hacked off before the animals are tossed back alive into the ocean - and for its environmental effects. Because sharks are a top predator, killing them in large numbers upsets ocean ecosystems, according to critics. The question touched off a debate among councillors as to whether it was the city's place to impose this type of restriction on the sale of a food product.
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