The L.A. Times reports that the “California shark fin ban” bill is receiving support from some high profile celebrities. Leonardo DiCaprio recently signed a letter urging the state Senate to approve the bill. Other celebrities who have shown support for the bill in writing include actress Scarlett Johansson, and NBA player Yao Ming, among others.
The bill (AB376), which would prevent the sale and distribution of shark fins in the state of California, was already approved by the California Assembly and has moved on to the state Senate. According to the L.A. Times, the bill is opposed by Asian Food Trade Association, which claims that the ban would unfairly target Asian eating habits.