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Monday, May 23, 2011

Shark Fin Ban Swims Through Assembly

Posted By on Mon, May 23, 2011 at 3:06 PM

click to enlarge Now it's his turn to eat
  • Now it's his turn to eat

The California assembly today voted in favor of banning the sale of shark fins used to create the Chinese gelatinous delicacy shark fin soup.

If AB376 becomes law, it will prohibit the sale, trade, or possession of shark fins -- a move that many have said is an assault on the Chinese community. But Assemblyman Paul Fong (D-Cupertino) says shark fin soup is an assault on the ocean animals. He introduced the legislation as a way to stop the mutilation and extinction of sharks, who are tossed back to sea after fisherman cut off their fins.

The bill now goes to the full Senate for a vote.

San Francisco's pols have come out against the ban, including Mayor Ed Lee and state Sen. Leland Yee, who is running for mayor. Lee admitted that he eats the tasty soup; Yee, has told SF Weekly that he feels there are sound laws in place that ban the practice of shark finning.

"There is a lawful way to allow restaurants to offer shark fin soup," said Adam Keigwin, Yee's chief of staff.

Probably not for long.

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