kpix-7-2013-masthead kcbs 7-2013-masthead

Local

2,100 Pounds Of Illegal Shark Fins Seized In San Francisco Bust

View Comments
Trailer carrying more than a ton of shark fins seized from the warehouse of Kwong Yip Inc. in San Francisco. Officials said 2,138 pounds of illegal shark fins were taken from the warehouse, which belongs to business owner Michael Kwong.  (Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Trailer carrying more than a ton of shark fins seized from the warehouse of Kwong Yip Inc. in San Francisco. Officials said 2,138 pounds of illegal shark fins were taken from the warehouse, which belongs to business owner Michael Kwong. (Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
Trending Stories On CBS SF

jung 2,100 Pounds Of Illegal Shark Fins Seized In San Francisco BustNotorious Ex-Cocaine Kingpin George Jung Out of Prison, Living In San Francisco

455497972 8 2,100 Pounds Of Illegal Shark Fins Seized In San Francisco BustMexico Tourists, Locals In Survival Mode After Los Cabos Hurricane; No Power, Water, Food

king fire dl1 2,100 Pounds Of Illegal Shark Fins Seized In San Francisco BustKing Fire In El Dorado County Only 5 Percent Contained, More Than 2,000 Homes Threatened

cabo 2,100 Pounds Of Illegal Shark Fins Seized In San Francisco BustBay Area Residents Struggle To Get Out Of Cabo San Lucas After Hurricane Odile

hurricane odile 2,100 Pounds Of Illegal Shark Fins Seized In San Francisco BustHurricane Odile Slams Into Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula Near Cabo San Lucas

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — More than 2,000 pounds of illegal shark fins were seized from a San Francisco business owner involved in challenging a shark fin ban late last month, prompting the group to drop its suit, officials said Friday.

Michael Kwong, 42, of San Francisco was found to be selling shark fins during a Jan. 29 inspection of his business, Kwong Yip, Inc., located at 1220 Howard St., according to Lt. Patrick Foy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Officers seized 2,138 pounds of suspected shark fin from Kwong, Foy said.

Kwong was cited under a new state law banning the sale of shark fin that took full effect on July 1 of last year.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, he was also part of a coalition challenging the constitutionality of the law in federal court.

Jennifer Fearing, California senior state director for the humane society, said that Kwong was part of the Asian American Rights Committee of California, a group that sued to block the law on the grounds that it was discriminatory against Asian-Americans.

The group also argued that the ban on shark fin was superceded by federal law, but the National Marine Fisheries Services upheld the law in a ruling last week, according to Fearing.

Fearing said that in response to the allegations against Kwong, the group has dropped the lawsuit.

However, she noted that a second lawsuit filed by a separate group of shark fin merchants is still pending in federal court. A hearing on motions to dismiss that case are scheduled to be heard on March 19, Fearing said.

© Copyright 2014 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 53,923 other followers