07 Sep '11, 5am

California lawmakers pass bill banning sale, trade or possession of shark fins

California lawmakers pass bill banning sale, trade or possession of shark fins

Trays filled with shark fins are displayed at a store in Chinatown in San Francisco, California. California's Legislature sent Governor Jerry Brown a bill seeking to ban the sale, trade or possession of shark fins on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: AFP SACRAMENTO, Californa (AP) - California's Legislature sent Governor Jerry Brown a bill seeking to ban the sale, trade or possession of shark fins on Tuesday, over the objections of two senators who called the measure racist because the fins are used in a soup considered a delicacy in some Asian cultures. The bill has split the Asian delegation in the Legislature. It was introduced by Assemblyman Paul Fong, and was supported by Senator Carol Liu, who said it is needed to protect endangered shark species. Others disagreed. Senator Ted Lieu noted that the bill would ban only part of the shark while permitting the continued consumption of sh...

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