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Shark Fin Ban

NOAA Backs Down

January Jones | Posted 03.04.2014 | Green
January Jones

Though shark finning is no longer allowed in U.S. waters, the trade in shark fins is still legal. To remedy this problem, eight U.S. states and three U.S. territories passed bans outlawing the possession, sale, trade and consumption of shark fins, eliminating a large percentage of the U.S. market.

The Feds Decide to Stand With States to Keep Protecting Sharks

Francesca Koe | Posted 04.07.2014 | Green
Francesca Koe

The U.S. federal government has finally realized it should back down and step away from its ill-conceived plan to overturn the bans on the sale and possession of shark fins that were enacted in the states of California, Maryland and Washington.

NOAA Could Undermine State Shark Fin Bans

January Jones | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
January Jones

NOAA is tasked with "the management, conservation and protection of" our nation's "living marine resources," so it might come as a surprise that the agency is challenging state laws that help protect sharks.

Don't Take Away My Guns -- or Fins

Anna Clark | Posted 07.31.2013 | Green
Anna Clark

When championing the individual rights of a few damages the health and lives of many, can we really call that freedom or justice? Nobody is saying you can't catch a shark and sell it. But is it a good idea to continue supporting a practice that is responsible for fishing sharks to the point of extinction?

A Big Move for a Small State -- Delaware Bans Shark Fins

Francesca Koe | Posted 05.17.2013 | Green
Francesca Koe

The demand for shark fins is what drives almost all shark deaths. Some species may have declined by as much as 97-99 percent in the last 35 years. In other words, as few as one out of 100 may be left of some species.

Texans Try to Take a Bite Out of Shark Fin Trade

Anna Clark | Posted 05.11.2013 | Green
Anna Clark

As I explained in my op-ed for the Christian Science Monitor, Jordan and I first became concerned about this issue when I came across brutal reports of thousands of lifeless, finless sharks found on the ocean floor off the Colombian coast. What, we wondered, could we in Texas do about this problem?

Costa Rica Bans Shark Finning

Reuters | Posted 12.10.2012 | Green

By Isabella Cota MANUEL ANTONIO, Costa Rica, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Costa Rica on Wednesday passed a blanket ban on shark finning, in whic...

Does California's Shark Fin Ban Discriminate Against Asians?

Aaron Sankin | Posted 07.18.2012 | San Francisco

The Chinatown Neighborhood Association, a Chinese-American group based in San Francisco, has announced its intention to file a lawsuit challenging the...

The Year of the Dragon Heralds a Shift for Sharks

Francesca Koe | Posted 09.16.2012 | Green
Francesca Koe

The connection between declining shark populations and finning is tragically clear. Each year, up to 73 million sharks are stripped of their fins and thrown back to the ocean to die a painful and prolonged death.

Shark Fin Legislation -- Long Overdue

Jupp Baron Kerckerinck zur Borg | Posted 04.25.2012 | Green
Jupp Baron Kerckerinck zur Borg

Shark fin soup was initially served in China as a symbol of great wealth; shark fins were rarely available and so the soup was a luxury dish. Developm...

Shark Fin Ban Likely In New York

Posted 02.22.2012 | New York

While Senator Charles Schumer occupies his time by waging war against inhalable sticks of fun, legislators are working on a more serious bill that wil...

Florida: It's Time to Do More to Protect Sharks

Adrian Grenier | Posted 04.22.2012 | Green
Adrian Grenier

Did you know that it's currently legal in Florida to sell, possess and distribute shark fins? This needs to change.

Obama Visits Restaurant That Still Serves Shark Fin Soup

SFGate.com | Carla Marinucci | Posted 02.17.2012 | Home

President Obama, who signed the Shark Conservation Act into law last month, apparently didn't check out the menu before he made a surprise visit Thurs...

PETA: Don't Give Stars To Restaurants That Serve Foie Gras, Shark Fin Soup

Posted 02.08.2012 | Home

There are plenty of reasons to dislike the Michelin Guide -- one can claim that it has a bias toward extremely expensive restaurants, that its descrip...

Protecting Threatened Animals in Virginia

Laura Donahue | Posted 04.03.2012 | DC
Laura Donahue

This year is gearing up to be a busy one. From lions to sharks to foxes to snakes, we'll be pushing for legislation that increases protections for the animals in Virginia who deserve our compassion.

Waste not: From shark fins to the whole hog

Mindy Pennybacker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mindy Pennybacker

For our health and the planet's, we should eat more vegetables and less red meat. But as it turns out, swine are responsible, on average, for only about 1/5 the CO2 emissions of beef.