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California lawmakers are introducing a bill to ban the sale and distribution of shark fins

California lawmakers are introducing a bill to ban the sale and distribution of shark fins

Less than one week after Chinese New Year, California legislators have introduced a bill to ban the possession, sale and distribution of shark fins used in a traditional soup. -- PHOTO: AP LOS ANGELES - LESS than one week after Chinese New Year, California legislators have introduced a bill to ban the possession, sale and distribution of shark fins used in a traditional soup. If successful, the proposed ban announced on Monday would follow a similar measure enacted in Hawaii last year. Oregon and Washington are also considering similar legislation. Shark fins are used to create a luxury Chinese soup that can sell for as much as US$40 (S$51) a bowl. Supporters of the ban say shark finning is a cruel practice in which fishermen slice the shark's fin off while the animal is still alive and then throw the shark back in the sea to die. Democratic Assemblyman Paul Fong introduce...

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