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