Shark Fin Ban Swims Through Assembly

Categories: Animals, Politics
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Now it's his turn to eat
The California assembly today voted in favor of banning the sale of shark fins used to create the Chinese gelatinous delicacy shark fin soup.

If AB376 becomes law, it will prohibit the sale, trade, or possession of shark fins -- a move that many have said is an assault on the Chinese community. But Assemblyman Paul Fong (D-Cupertino) says shark fin soup is an assault on the ocean animals. He introduced the legislation as a way to stop the mutilation and extinction of sharks, who are tossed back to sea after fisherman cut off their fins.

The bill now goes to the full Senate for a vote.

San Francisco's pols have come out against the ban, including Mayor Ed Lee and state Sen. Leland Yee, who is running for mayor. Lee admitted that he eats the tasty soup; Yee, has told SF Weekly that he feels there are sound laws in place that ban the practice of shark finning.

"There is a lawful way to allow restaurants to offer shark fin soup," said Adam Keigwin, Yee's chief of staff.

Probably not for long.

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SF

Great news! the destruction of environments and species because of culinary or cultural rational needs to be halted wherever possible. Politicians  who dont support these actions show exactly who they are.

Roxane
Roxane

"The thinking man must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply

rooted in tradition and surrounded by halo. When we have a choice, we

must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another, even

the lowliest creature; not to do so is to renounce our manhood and

shoulder a guilt which nothing justifies." -- Albert Schweitzer

ericmills
ericmills

Kudos to Assemblymembers Paul Fong and Jared Huffman for their leadership.  Hopefully, they'll take on the equally-problematic live animal food markets next year.

AB 376 will most likely be assigned to the Senate Natural Resources & Water Committee, chaired by Senator Fran Pavley.  Other members are Doug LaMalfa, Noreen Evans, Christine Kehoe, Alex Padilla, Joe Simitian, Lois Wolk, Anthony Cannella and Jean Fuller.

Support letters are needed NOW:

EMAIL PATTERN FOR ALL SENATORS:  senator.pavley@senate.ca.gov

LETTERS CARRY MORE WEIGHT THAN EMAILS - All legislators may be written c/o the State Capitol, Sacramento, CA  95814.

Save the sharks, save the oceans, maybe save ourselves.

Sincerely,

Eric Mills, coordinatorACTION FOR ANIMALSOakland

Sharks
Sharks

YAHOOOOOOOOOOOO! Such GREAT NEWS!!!

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