Chinese-American Groups Challenge Calif. Shark Fin Ban

Law360, New York (July 19, 2012, 1:46 PM EDT) -- Two Chinese-American groups on Wednesday challenged California’s recent ban on the sale and distribution of shark fins, saying the law violates their constitutional rights by discriminating against their cultural practice of serving shark fins in soup.

The California shark fin ban was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in October, and as of July 2013 will make it a misdemeanor punishable by six months in prison and a $1,000 fine to possess, sell, offer for sale, trade or distribute a shark fin in California.

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