David Dodd 1:48 a.m., May 18
No Shark Fin Soup For You!
Today, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill banning the possession and sale of shark fins. The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Paul Fong of Cupertino, outlaws the "finning" of sharks, where sharks fins are cut and the shark is thrown back in the ocean. The fins are then used as a main ingredient in Shark Fin Soup, a popular Chinese delicacy.
“Researchers estimate that some shark populations have declined by more than 90 percent, portending grave threats to our environment and commercial fishing," Governor Brown said about the new legislation.
California now joins a list of other western states to ban the practice, including Hawaii, Washington, Oregon. Companies that have a stockpile of the fins will be allowed to sell them up until July 2013.