Judge Upholds California's Ban On Shark FinsU.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.
Court Refuses To Block California's Ban On Shark Fin SoupThe 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 Shark Fin Ban Goes Into Effect Despite Ongoing Legal BattleA 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.
Federal Rule Could Upend Californias' Shark Fin BanSeveral 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 Shark Fin Ban Goes Into Effect MondayCalifornia'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.
Court Rejects Request To Halt California Shark Fin BanA federal court has rejected two Chinese-American groups’ request to halt California’s ban on the selling and possession of shark fins.
Asian-American Groups Sue Over California Shark Fin BanTwo Asian-American groups have challenged the state’s shark fin ban in a federal lawsuit in San Francisco, claiming it discriminates against Chinese Americans because it blocks cultural uses of shark fin soup.
Gov. Brown Signs Ban On Shark Fin TradeCalifornia’s governor has signed a bill banning the sale, trade or possession of shark fins, joining several other states in trying to protect the dwindling shark population.
California Lawmakers Pass Bill Banning Shark-Fin TradeThe Legislature has sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill seeking to ban the sale, trade or possession of shark fins, despite objections from two senators who called the measure racist because the fins are used in a soup considered a delicacy in some Asian cultures.
California Assembly Votes To Ban Shark Fin SalesThe state Assembly has come to the defense of endangered sharks targeted by fishermen who amputate their fins and toss the live sharks back into the ocean.