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Shark Fin Soup

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

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

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

Glass containers filled with shark fins are displayed at a store in Chinatown on August 24, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  California State Assembly Bill 376 has been introduced and would ban the sale, purchase or possession of shark fins in California starting on Jan. 1, 2013. Those against the bill complain that it targets a cultural institution of Chinese citizens who eat shark fin soup.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Court Rejects Request To Halt California Shark Fin Ban

A federal court has rejected two Chinese-American groups’ request to halt California’s ban on the selling and possession of shark fins.

01/02/2013

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

Asian-American Groups Sue Over California Shark Fin Ban

Two 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.

07/20/2012

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

Gov. Brown Signs Ban On Shark Fin Trade

California’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.

10/07/2011

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

California Lawmakers Pass Bill Banning Shark-Fin Trade

The 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.

09/06/2011

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

California Assembly Votes To Ban Shark Fin Sales

The 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.

CBS San Francisco–05/23/2011

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