LOS ANGELES (AP) — Less than one week after Lunar New Year, California legislators have introduced a bill to ban the possession, sale and distribution of shark fins used in a traditional soup.

If successful, the proposed ban announced Monday, would follow a similar measure enacted in Hawaii last year. Oregon and Washington are also considering similar legislation.

Shark fins are used to create a luxury Chinese soup that can sell for as much as $40 a bowl.

Supporters of the ban say shark finning is a cruel practice in which fishermen slice the shark’s fin off while the animal is still alive and then throw the shark back in the sea to die.

Assemblyman Paul Fong, D-Cupertino, introduced the legislation with colleague Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael.

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Comments (5)
  1. Jim Gates says:

    instead of banning this make a law that you cant cut off any body part until the shark is completly dead and you cant go after sharks just to kill it unless it killed a human

  2. gioconda says:

    At last.

    it’s time to get out of the Dark Ages.

    All animals need to be protected.

    Can you invent one? Create one? Didn’t think so.

  3. geeM says:

    Overdue. Take care of it !

  4. Me says:

    You know what? The way they kill cow’s and chickens is cruel too. Maybe the whole worls should just go on an all veggie diet.

    Get Over It! Everthing is put here for a reason, and the reason for animals is FOOD!

  5. Yvonne Chu says:

    I’m from Hong Kong and I grew up eating shark fin soup. However I stopped once I found out that 1/3 of the species of sharks are endangered due to this practice of killing up to 73 million sharks a year. At this rate, sharks which have been around for hundreds of millions of years could become extinct in our lifetime, with adverse effects on our environment (including decreased oxygen supply in the atmosphere due to decreased phytoplankton)

    Only the fins are eaten while the rest of the shark is discarded, for the vast majority of the 73 million sharks (analogous to ivory).

    There’s no reason to eat ANY dish that leads to the endangerment of a species.

    The shark fin trade is similar to the ivory trade. The only way to enforce the shark fin ban is to cut the demand.

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