Don't Forget to Fill Up on Shark Fin Soup This Weekend

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At some point this weekend, in between rolling down the hill at Dolores Park draped in nothing but a rainbow flag and making gay wedding plans, you might want to find some time to slurp down a bowl of shark fin soup, since it will may well be your last.

As CBS News reminds us this morning, on Monday the state's ban on importing shark fins -- the main ingredient for the Chinese gelatinous soup -- goes into effect. If you are busted with fins anytime after July 1, then you could be slapped with a $1,000 fine.

As readers recall, the state passed a ban on shark fins back in 2011, but allowed the sale and use of the soup fins that were already in the state as of January, 2012 until next week. The state says the ban will help slow the decimation of the shark population.

But the San Francisco Chinese community isn't happy with this, and has sued the state, attempting to overturn the ban; the next hearing is slated for Aug. 14 before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, however, attorneys are encouraging the community to comply with the law for now.

So if the soup dish is your thing, bets you stuff yourself to the gills this weekend, it might be your last chance to eat a shark before it eats you.




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Markus Frank
Markus Frank

SF weekly - please retract this article and consider issuing an apology..... see the comments from your blog site:jhaile 20 hours ago Great news on the ban but horrible reporting by SF Weekly. You should be ashamed and fire Erin Sherbert. And how embarrassing to the Chinese community for fighting this law. It has been well shown that there is no such thing as sustainable shark finning. Sharks take a long time to reach sexual maturity and populations around the world have declined by 90% over the last 10 years. We are literally destroying our ocean ecosystems for some stupid soup. Good riddance! ShareFlag1LikeReply graphside 1 day ago How you could you condone such blatant cruelty? Cutting off shark fins for soup and letting the sharks suffer in immense pain and then die in the ocean would be like cutting off your own leg or your dog's leg and then letting you suffer and die alone while someone dined on your leg or your best friend's leg. You beyond belief in your inhumane shark fin soup suggestions. It is journalism like this that make Americans the most selfish, gluttonous, greedy, fat people on earth. ShareFlag1LikeReply graphside 1 day ago How you could you condone such blatant cruelty? Cutting off shark fins for soup and letting the sharks suffer in immense pain and then die in the ocean would be like cutting off your own leg or your dog's leg and then letting you suffer and die alone while someone dined on your leg or your best friend's leg. You beyond belief in your inhumane shark fin soup suggestions. It is journalism like this that make Americans the most selfish, gluttonous, greedy, fat people on earth. Linda from Northern California Animal Advocacy Coaltion ShareFlagLikeReply bfusakate 2 days ago It is simply poor journalism to write a story about the ban on shark fin soup without mentioning the fact that 73 million sharks are killed each year for their fins.It is irresponsible to mourn the loss of a luxury food item when such immense suffering goes into its creation.Born Free USA has tracked the gruesome practice of shark finning for years, in which dorsal fins are chopped off live sharks.The sharks then sink to the bottom of the ocean and bleed to death, which has become a huge threat to sharks worldwide. A story suggesting people fill up on shark fin soup is insensitive and underestimates the extent to which people are attuned to wildlife conservation issues and will be celebrating when this ban goes into effect. ShareFlag1LikeReply allmiracles2 2 days ago For anyone who is unaware about this, the sharks are fins cut off and then thrown back into the ocean ...to hide the evidence...still alive and left to drown on the ocean floor. Shame on you Sherbert...satire or not! ShareFlagLikeReply SaveSharks 2 days ago this is the worst article I read in my life it is sad how ignorant people are! The author of this article doesnt understand what an important role sharks play in our ecosystem. Shame on you! ShareFlag2LikeReply mikerkwan 2 days ago Thanks for neglecting to mention that the majority of Chinese Americans supported the ban. And yes it's completely tasteless, the flavor is in the broth....some clarity would be nice ShareFlag2LikeReply chrispincetich 2 days ago Lame. Everything I have read repeats the same thing, shark fin soup is tasteless and bland, gooey noodles that somehow impart status but are decimating the ocean. Stay away. It's a cultural practice that most new generation Chinese want to see ended. I support the CA shark fin ban and look forward to calling CA DFW to report any abuses. www.seaturtles.org ShareFlag3LikeReply Jan Blum 2 days ago NO - don't. Don't support this stupidity and abhorrent waste of wildlife resources ShareFlag2LikeReply brookse32 2 days ago Only a conscience depleted anti-environmental loser would even think to write an article like this lamenting the passing of such a destructive selfish food choice, and worse still, actually -encourage- people to amp up their shark fin consumption like a bunch of deranged rabid animals right before the bloodbath ends. And this also says a lot about the editors who had the unmitigated gall to publish such garbage. ShareFlag2LikeReply SFNY 2 days ago @brookse32 clearly this is satire, no? ShareFlagLikeReply brookse32 2 days ago I've seen enough similar nonsense from Sherbert to seriously doubt that it is satire. Her slant is to play the ironic shallow hipster in her pieces, not the virtuous sarcastic critic. And the caption 'Soup Nazi' is a bit of a tip-off as to who she is criticizing. ShareFlag1LikeReply Michael Davidson 2 days ago better late than never. ShareFlagLikeReply SFoodie 2 days ago http://www.sfweekly.com/2011-03-02/restaurants/shark-s-fin-soup-shark-s-fin-leland-yee-slanted-door-fin-shark-ab-376/ ShareFlagLikeReply Marce Gutiérrez 2 days ago Keep on filling up on this and pretty soon there will be none left. I wish you could have provided better context in the article (i.e. why a ban was needed in the first place?) ShareFlag2LikeReply

jhaile
jhaile

Great news on the ban but horrible reporting by SF Weekly. You should be ashamed and fire Erin Sherbert.  And how embarrassing to the Chinese community for fighting this law. 

It has been well shown that there is no such thing as sustainable shark finning. Sharks take a long time to reach sexual maturity and populations around the world have declined by 90% over the last 10 years. We are literally destroying our ocean ecosystems for some stupid soup. Good riddance!

graphside
graphside

How you could you condone such blatant cruelty? Cutting off shark fins for soup and letting the sharks suffer in immense pain and then die in the ocean would be like cutting off your own leg or your dog's leg and then letting you suffer and die alone while someone dined on your leg or your best friend's leg. You beyond belief in your inhumane shark fin soup suggestions. It is journalism like this that make Americans the most selfish, gluttonous, greedy, fat people on earth.

graphside
graphside

How you could you condone such blatant cruelty? Cutting off shark fins for soup and letting the sharks suffer in immense pain and then die in the ocean would be like cutting off your own leg or your dog's leg and then letting you suffer and die alone while someone dined on your leg or your best friend's leg. You beyond belief in your inhumane shark fin soup suggestions. It is journalism like this that make Americans the most selfish, gluttonous, greedy, fat people on earth.  Linda from Northern California Animal Advocacy Coaltion

bfusakate
bfusakate

It is simply poor journalism to write a story about the ban on shark fin soup without mentioning the fact that 73 million sharks are killed each year for their fins.It is irresponsible to mourn the loss of a luxury food item when such immense suffering goes into its creation.Born Free USA has tracked the gruesome practice of shark finning for years, in which dorsal fins are chopped off live sharks.The sharks then sink to the bottom of the ocean and bleed to death, which has become a huge threat to sharks worldwide. A story suggesting people fill up on shark fin soup is insensitive and underestimates the extent to which people are attuned to wildlife conservation issues and will be celebrating when this ban goes into effect.

allmiracles2
allmiracles2

For anyone who is unaware about this, the sharks are fins cut off and then thrown back into the ocean ...to hide the evidence...still alive and left to drown on the ocean floor. Shame on you Sherbert...satire or not! 

SaveSharks
SaveSharks

this is the worst article I read in my life it is sad how ignorant people are! The author of this article doesnt understand what an important role sharks play in our ecosystem. Shame on you!

mikerkwan
mikerkwan

Thanks for neglecting to mention that the majority of Chinese Americans supported the ban. And yes it's completely tasteless, the flavor is in the broth....some clarity would be nice

chrispincetich
chrispincetich

Lame. Everything I have read repeats the same thing, shark fin soup is tasteless and bland, gooey noodles that somehow impart status but are decimating the ocean. Stay away. It's a cultural practice that most new generation Chinese want to see ended. I support the CA shark fin ban and look forward to calling CA DFW to report any abuses. www.seaturtles.org

Jan Blum
Jan Blum

NO - don't. Don't support this stupidity and abhorrent waste of wildlife resources

brookse32
brookse32

Only a conscience depleted anti-environmental loser would even think to write an article like this lamenting the passing of such a destructive selfish food choice, and worse still, actually -encourage- people to amp up their shark fin consumption like a bunch of deranged rabid animals right before the bloodbath ends. And this also says a lot about the editors who had the unmitigated gall to publish such garbage.

Marce Gutiérrez
Marce Gutiérrez

Keep on filling up on this and pretty soon there will be none left. I wish you could have provided better context in the article (i.e. why a ban was needed in the first place?)

brookse32
brookse32

I've seen enough similar nonsense from Sherbert to seriously doubt that it is satire. Her slant is to play the ironic shallow hipster in her pieces, not the virtuous sarcastic critic. And the caption 'Soup Nazi' is a bit of a tip-off as to who she is criticizing.

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