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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.

New York To Ban Shark Fin Sales Starting Next Year

AP | MICHAEL VIRTANEN | Posted 09.25.2013 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York is banning trade in shark fins starting next summer in an effort to protect the marine predators. The fins are used in ...

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?

PHOTOS: Evading Scrutiny By Drying Shark Fins On Rooftops?

AP | Posted 01.04.2013 | Green

HONG KONG -- Shark fin traders in Hong Kong have laid out thousands of fins on rooftops in what appears to be a move to escape public scrutiny of thei...

European Parliament Votes To Ban Shark Finning

AP | RAF CASERT | Posted 01.22.2013 | Green

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union took a major step to protect sharks on Thursday, banning the brutal practice of hacking off their fins before thr...

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.

Is It Worse Than They Thought?

AP | Posted 09.08.2012 | Green

ROME (AP) — A pro-environment group says the world's shark populations are in worse trouble than previously thought. The Pew Environm...

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...

Maryland Bill Would Ban Shark Fin Possession, Sale

AP | Posted 02.22.2012 | DC

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Maryland lawmakers are considering joining states that have banned the possession and sale of shark fins. Shark fins are popular in...

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 | Food

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 | Food

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.

BUSTED! Smuggler Caught Trying To Import Banned Shark Fin

AP | Posted 12.23.2011 | Los Angeles

SAN DIEGO -- Authorities say a woman was stopped at the U.S.-Mexico border near San Diego trying to illegally import nearly 29 pounds of shark fins in...

European Commission Proposes Ban On Shark Finning

AP | DON MELVIN | Posted 01.21.2012 | Green

BRUSSELS — The EU's executive arm said Monday that it wants to completely ban shark finning – the practice of removing sharks' fins and th...

Europe To Ban All Shark Finning?

AP | DON MELVIN | Posted 01.21.2012 | Food

BRUSSELS — The EU's executive arm said Monday that it wants to completely ban shark finning – the practice of removing sharks' fins and th...

Yao Ming, Richard Branson Join To Fight Shark Fin Trade

AP | By ELAINE KURTENBACH | Posted 11.22.2011 | Food

SHANGHAI -- Recently retired Chinese NBA star Yao Ming is taking the fight against eating shark fins back to his homeland, where demand for the tradit...

No More Finny Business? Shark Fin Ban Sent To Governor

AP | By DON THOMPSON | Posted 11.06.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California's Legislature sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill seeking to ban the sale, trade or possession of shark fins on Tuesday, ove...