Two weeks ago, we reported that the New York State Senate had taken a major step towards banning shark fin soup--an elite delicacy in Chinatown and total horror show on the ocean floor. On Monday, the state Assembly unanimously agreed, cementing the decision to halt the sale, trade, and possession of fins. The bill now awaits the governor's signature.
The Humane Society of the United States Shark fin ban outreach in Chinatown.
Shark fishery managers have argued that state bans like New York's could undermine federal regulations that aim to halt "finning," the practice of slicing off sharks' fins and leaving them to sink, alive but defenseless, to the bottom of the sea. Opponents have also emphasized the role of shark fin in traditional Chinese banquet culture. Still, New York lawmakers, their conservation allies, along with partners in the Asian-American community argue that federal regulations have not gone far enough--not when New York City remains one of the largest markets for fins outside of Asia and the largest port of entry on the East Coast.More »