The debate over a proposed state ban on the sale of shark fins has involved plenty of shouting in San Francisco. Environmentalists note that shark-finning is a grisly practice that has devastated the animals' population. But shark fin soup is a prized delicacy among Chinese Americans, leading some in San Francisco to take up the cause of preserving the fin trade as a cultural issue.
AB 376 passed the California Assembly in May, and is now being considered by the state Senate. But just in case the argument over shark fin soup wasn't already emotional enough, a stunt is taking place in San Francisco tomorrow that is sure to provoke strong reactions (and perhaps some turned stomachs). Performance artist Alice Newstead plans to shove shark hooks through her skin and hang herself from scaffolding in a cosmetics shop, to "shed light on the plight of sharks and how their future is literally hanging in the balance."