Shark Fin Ban Faces Lawsuit
Author: Bryan Vo
Source: The San Francisco Examiner
July 17, 2012
"The Chinatown Neighborhood Association announced Wednesday that it intends to file a lawsuit seeking to overturn a California law banning the possession, sale and distribution of shark fins.
Last October, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 376, which was proposed by Assemblyman Paul Fong (D-Sunnyvale). The ban was aimed at discouraging shark finning, in which fins are cut off a live shark and its carcass is thrown back into the water. Critics say the practice kills millions of sharks each year. Shark fins are used in shark fin soup, a delicacy in Chinese cuisine.
But Pius Lee, president of California Realty and Land Inc. and a member of the association, said these claims are false and misleading, and discriminate against Chinese-Americans."
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