Chinatown Group Fights to Put Shark Fin Soup Back on the Menu

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Go figure ... The Chinese likes Jaws
San Francisco's Chinatown Neighborhood Association has filed a lawsuit against the state, saying the new ban on shark fin soup is flat-out discrimination.

Bloomberg News reports that the group filed its claim on Wednesday, saying that the shark fin is a huge part of the Chinese culture. Shark fin soup is traditionally served at Chinese weddings, the claim states.

The group also says that the state's ban on shark fins "violates U.S. equal protection and interstate commerce laws and is overridden by federal laws governing shark fin sales."

The association has asked for a court order declaring the ban unconstitutional. Last year, the state passed a new law, criminalizing the sale or distribution of shark fins. This of course outraged many in the Chinese community, which traditionally loves to chow down on the gelatinous soup that's a popular Chinese delicacy. Even Mayor Ed Lee has been known to dine on it from time to time.

But Gov. Jerry Brown claimed this new law, which goes into effect in July 2013, will help curb the dwindling shark population along the coast. "The practice of cutting the fins off of living sharks and dumping them back in the ocean is not only cruel, but it harms the health of our oceans," Brown said last year as he merrily signed the bill.

Great, so that means even more hungry sharks will be swimming in the sea.

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punxnskins34
punxnskins34

that would be good no more human threat and threat to seals would occur anymore...if they carred about the oceans health they would ave innocent lives such as sea lions and seal not sharks...we dont need them where we swim..so many human lives have ben lot because of these monsters and by the way shark fins are delicious...If its a threat it would be the same for the chickens they kill ,the elks,deers and cows...so if  Jeery Brown lovs them why doesnt he go live with them then?.

chinese_travis
chinese_travis

Chickens and cows that are raised to be slaughtered is a pretty cruel process as well; but it's part of the food chain. I'm going to eat shark fin soup whenever I get the chance; it's a part of my culture and tradition. For all those who are "pro-save the sharks", this a big fuck you to you; the next time I'm eating shark fin soup is next Chinese News Years, deal with it. Then I'll go on with living my life. Why was this not a fucking issue back in the day? This topic was never under the radar until now? So really, what gives with that? 

sieben
sieben

"Great, so that means even more hungry sharks will be swimming in the sea."

 

are you an idiot?  TENS OF MILLIONS of sharks are taken out of the ocean every year, many are endangered, threatened, or critically endangered - which threatens the ocean as a whole.  more people are killed by coconuts, cars, tobacco, alcohol, and not to mention their own stupidity (something that you're probably familiar with) every year and you think that we should empty the ocean of sharks cause a couple of chinese people are whining about their wedding soup???

 

most sharks are harmless to humans, and even the dangerous ones would leave us alone if we didn't wander into their living space and look and act like their prey.  i'm sorry you can't take the time to get educated before spewing nonsense on the internet.  good for you.  i bet you feel so snarky and self important now.  

 

ddrosa
ddrosa

Wow, thanks for that last bit of sarcasm. It just made me forget about the main issue that this article was addressing and redirected me to the underlying fact that the public is seriously mis-educated about sharks and ocean ecosystems. Believe it or not, other organisms live on this planet as well. The sea is a shark's natural habitat and its natural behavior involves eating, just like you and me. 

 

Going back the Chinatown group, it's not the fact that people eat shark fins that is the issue. It's the excessive practice that comes with it. Catching sharks, cutting off their fins, and throwing them back into the water to die is horrible. Sharks are some of the ocean's top predators and without them, ecosystems will suffer as well as us.

 

If it's cultural discrimination, then maybe a proposition could be made to limit shark-finning for specific purposes. For example, certain Alaskan tribes are allowed to hunt for whales because it is a traditional practice in their culture. There are additional rules, of course, but it's something that could be further looked into. 

lsleight
lsleight

"Great, so that means even more hungry sharks will be swimming in the sea."

 

So today I learnt Erin Sherbert is as Ignorant as they get... most sharks are harmless, and do not actually pose any threat to us at all. If sharks are wiped out we will suffer greatly as the ecosystems colapse and we lose all our fish stocks.

 

You should do some research and educate yourself before making stupid comments like that!

JoetheShark
JoetheShark

Nice way to finish the article.  The way things are going now, there won't be sharks left in the sea due to things like Shark Fin Soup.  Sharks are a vital part of the ecosystem.  We, as humans, are destroying everything good about it.  F.U. Erin.

mollychambers
mollychambers

'Great, so that means even more hungry sharks will be swimming in the sea.'

It's unintelligent, uninformed views such as that expressed in the authors concluding sentence which allow for the horror that is shark-finning. Sharks very rarely attack humans, and those attacks which do happen are not always fatal. When they do happen more often than not the person attacked ignored warning signs. Sharks have more right to be in the ocean than humans do because that is their natural habitat. Shark finning is a disgusting practice and the claim that the ban is discriminatory is completely ridiculous.

drconniend
drconniend

"Great, so that means even more hungry sharks will be swimming in the sea"  Yes, that is their environment, not ours, and they should be left alone to swim freely. 

corygillitzer
corygillitzer

That last part sounds like this writer supports this,.

Mike Mueller
Mike Mueller

I want my shark fin soup with a glass of tiger blood wine

chowj
chowj

 @lsleight You should educate yourself as well, it's not learnt, it's "learned".... Also, sharks won't be wiped out by humans hunting it.  They have natural predators such as the Orcas so regardless of whether or not they are hunted by humans, they will still be die like any other living organism on the planet.

punxnskins34
punxnskins34

@JoetheShark  yea go live in the cean then with them if they re so nice animals..go kiss them in the mouth....if they eat another human then dont be srry about it try to save these monsters that  are a threat even for seals that are more pretty animals than these beasts

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