24 May '11, 1am

Shark Fin Ban Passes In California State Assembly:

Shark Fin Ban Passes In California State Assembly:

On Monday, the California State Assembly overwhelmingly approved a ban on the sale and distribution of shark fins inside state lines. The bill, known as AB376, was proposed California lawmakers Paul Fong and Jared Huffman just over three months ago. It was approved in the lower House by a vote of 62-8 vote after a long floor debate. The bill would essentially ban shark finning, a process where the fins and tails are cut from living sharks, and the remainder of the fish, which is often still alive, is thrown back into the ocean. It is estimated that as many as 73 million sharks are killed each year, the majority of which are finned. Studies suggest that 90 percent of some shark species are gone. At this rate, sharks which have been around for hundreds of millions of years could soon become extinct. SF Gate reports that if approved, "Chinese shark fin soup - a popular tradit...

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