24 May '11, 4pm

California Moves Closer to Banning Shark Fins, But The Debate Rages:

Photo by Robert S Donovan via Flickr CC In a move to end the shark fin trade within California, the state assembly passed AB376, on a 62-8 vote Monday afternoon, as TreeHugger Stephen Messenger reported . The bill still has to pass the Senate in order to ban shark fins from stores and restaurants, but it does not come without a hearty debate, none of which makes a lot of sense. 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 re...

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