22 Jun '12, 8pm

A Vote in Albany: Tough Luck, Sharks

A Vote in Albany: Tough Luck, Sharks

June 22, 2012, 4:45 pm A Nonvote in Albany: Tough Luck, Sharks By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL Marcus Yam Shark fins at a food market in Chinatown in Manhattan. The cost ranges from $100 to more than $500 a pound, depending on type. California’s done it. Oregon’s done it. Illinois is expected to do it this summer. But New York State won’t be banning the trade in shark fins – at least not this year. On Thursday, the New York State Senate did not act on a bill that would have banned the distribution, sales and possession of the fins before it adjourned. The bill, which had already passed the State Assembly, will have to be reintroduced next year. Shark fins are used to make a pricey soup that is popular at traditional Chinese banquets. The demand for this delicacy results in the killing of tens of millions of sharks a year – some of them endangered — and has depleted shark population...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/22/a-vote-in-alban...

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