12 Sep '11, 4pm

Shark-Fin Vote Adds to Pressure on Hong Kong

European Pressphoto Agency Newly unloaded shark fins drying on a sidewalk near the docks in Hong Kong. As Elisabeth Rosenthal reported in Sunday’s Times , the battle to protect the world’s endangered shark population has passed another major milestone with a California Senate vote that bans the possession, sale and distribution of shark fins. Last week’s vote was greeted with much delight by environmental campaigners. The global shark population has been decimated over recent years, largely because of soaring demand for shark fin soup among the newly wealthy in China, Hong Kong and other Asian nations. Soup made from shark fins is considered a delicacy and a status symbol in Chinese culture and commands hefty prices that make finning highly lucrative. The California bill now awaits Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature. If he follows through, California will become the largest econ...

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