The San Francisco Chronicle reports the Asian American Rights Committee of California has filed a lawsuit against the state, claiming that the “Shark Protection Act” (AB376) violates “Congress’ authority to regulate interstate trade.”
The “Shark Protection Act,” which was signed into law last October and went into effect on January 1, 2012, prohibits the sale and trade of shark fins in California.
According to the lawsuit, the shark fin ban effectively eliminates interstate trade of shark fins, which has been a legitimate local business for over 35 years. The Chronicle reports that local opponents of the shark fin ban plan to file a federal lawsuit, as well.
The L.A. Times is reporting that California governor, Jerry Brown, has signed AB 376 (aka “Shark Protection Act”) into law. The newly signed law prohibits the possession, sale, and trade of shark fins in the State of California. The ban will go into effect on January 1, 2012.
CNN’s Eco Solutions recently ran a feature focusing on California’s proposed Shark Protection Act (AB 376). If passed, the law will prohibit the possession, sale, and trade of shark fins in the State of California. While supporters of the bill argue that it will help preserve marine ecosystems by protecting sharks, opponents of the bill argue that it unfairly targets Chinese culture, due to tradition of serving shark fin soup at banquets.
The California Shark Protection Act is expected to go before the State Senate this week.
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.