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