California Moves Closer To Shark Fin Ban

Law360, New York (September 7, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT) -- The California Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that would ban the sale and distribution of shark fins in the state in an effort to protect depleted shark populations and marine ecosystems from rampant human harvesting of the fins for soup.

Passed in the Senate in a 25-to-9 vote, Assembly Bill 376 now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown for possible approval.

The state is a major entry point for shark fins that are distributed in the U.S., according to the Center for Oceanic Awareness Research and...
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