Shark Fin Ban Upheld in Federal Court


The upcoming Chinese New Year will likely be the last at which California restaurants can legally serve shark fin soup. In a ruling Wednesday, a federal court judge upheld the ban after two Asian American groups sought to stop it on the grounds of discrimination. Under the law, passed in 2011, finning is already illegal but the sale of previously procured shark fins can still go on until July 1, 2013. [Marin IJ]