Shark Fin Ban

Shark fins in a bag await delivery at a wholesale warehouse in Hong Kong (Laurent Fievet)

Judge Upholds California’s Ban On Shark Fins

U.S. District Judge William Orrick said Tuesday that the law applies equally throughout the state and rejected arguments that the ban unfairly targeted the Chinese community. The Chinatown Neighborhood Association filed a lawsuit in 2011.

03/25/2014

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)

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

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.

02/14/2014

Trays filled with shark fins are displayed at a store in Chinatown on August 24, 2011 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Court Refuses To Block California’s Ban On Shark Fin Soup

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal on Tuesday unanimously refused to ban the sale of the soup while San Francisco-area Chinese restaurants and their suppliers pursue their lawsuit to overturn the state law.

08/27/2013

Trays filled with shark fins are displayed at a store in Chinatown on August 24, 2011 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Bay Area Shark Fin Ban Opponents Pleased By Support From Feds

California’s shark fin ban faces a legal challenge by the Chinatown Neighborhood Association and Asian Americans for Political Advancement.

08/13/2013

Shark Fins

California Shark Fin Ban Goes Into Effect Despite Ongoing Legal Battle

A new state law banning the possession or sale of shark fins took effect Monday although local Chinese neighborhood groups continued to fight the legislation in federal court and are holding a noon rally in Oakland’s Chinatown.

07/01/2013

Shark fins in a bag await delivery at a wholesale warehouse in Hong Kong (Laurent Fievet)

Federal Rule Could Upend Californias’ Shark Fin Ban

Several members of Congress representing coastal states are voicing concern about a proposed federal regulation that could pre-empt state bans on buying or selling shark fins.

06/28/2013

Trays filled with shark fins are displayed at a store in Chinatown on August 24, 2011 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California’s Shark Fin Ban Goes Into Effect Monday

California’s ban on the importation of shark fins goes into full effect on Monday. Meanwhile, community leaders in San Francisco’s Chinatown are urging compliance with the law.

06/27/2013

Shark fins in a bag await delivery at a wholesale warehouse in Hong Kong (Laurent Fievet)

State Officials Educate SF Chinatown Merchants About Shark Fin Ban

As the months tick down to a complete statewide ban on the possession, sale or trade of shark fins, state officials have been reaching out to local merchants to clarify confusion about the ban.

03/07/2013

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