24 May '11, 4pm

California Moves One Step Closer to Banning Shark Fin Sales

AB376 states, "This bill, except as specified, would make it unlawful for any person to possess, sell, offer for sale, trade, or distribute a shark fin, as defined." That means shark fin soup, a menu item that is as much a status symbol as a part of the Chinese culture, would be illegal starting January 1, 2013. The SF Gate reports that Assemblyman Paul Fong, who authored the bill, advocates putting the environment before cultural issues, stating, "Once we lose the top predator, we will watch the rest of the ocean collapse." This is something that scientists, marine biologists and conservation experts have stated time and again. Sharks are apex predators and therefore mature and reproduce slowly. Humans are killing upwards of 78 million sharks every year -- a rate that is entirely unsustainable for marine ecosystems. However, the bill is not without debate: Opponents - inc...

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