California shark fins sale and possession ban bill, signed by Governor Jerry Brown

By on Oct 8, 2011 in Animals, Food, Lifestyle, United States Comments

Updated: October 9, 2011 2:35 p.m.

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California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill AB376 on Friday, October 7, 2011 banning the sale or possession of shark fins throughout the state.



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As noted at US news sites that day, Governor Brown signed the California Assembly Bill 376, as authored by Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael and Assemblyman Paul Fong, D-Cupertino.

Assemblyman Huffman noted on his official website that an estimated of more than seven tons of shark fins were imported into California, where there are around 1.1 million residents are Chinese-Americans.

“The practice of cutting the fins off of living sharks and dumping them back in the ocean is not only cruel, but it harms the health of our oceans,” Governor Brown was quoted on reports.

“Researchers estimate that some shark populations have declined by more than 90 percent, portending grave threats to our environment and commercial fishing. In the interest of future generations, I have signed this bill.” Brown added.

California now joins other US states including Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, and Guam, along with some countries in prohibiting shark fins sale and possession.

Apparently, the said bill had split decisions among the lawmakers, with others said that endangered shark species should be protected while others call it as an act of racism.

Shark fins are being considered as an Asian delicacy and part of their eating tradition, with some Chinese restaurant owners notably opposing the controversial bill.



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