Shark fin soup faces extinction in California
September 4th, 2011
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A Chinese delicacy may soon disappear from California restaurants if a bill to ban the sale of shark fins makes it through the state Senate.

A symbol of wealth and luxury, shark fin soup was once prized by Chinese emperors for its rarity. Today, it's typically served at weddings and banquets to demonstrate a host's good fortune.

But it comes at a high price, for one's wallet and the environment. Shark fins, which fetch up to $600 per pound, are sometimes acquired through the controversial practice of finning: a shark's fins are cut off and the rest of its body is tossed into the ocean.

California, home to 1.1 million Chinese-Americans, is one of the largest importers of shark fins outside Asia. The California Shark Protection Act would make it illegal to possess, sell or trade shark fins.

The state Senate is expected to take up the legislation next week.


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  1. Rick

    The chinese do it because they can't get erect penises, but in china there are 1.1 billion chinese, so its obvious they have no problem getting erections.

    Ban it, we need fewer chinese.

    October 2, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  2. david

    So basically everyone else in the country can have it except us. Thanks, California! No more foie gras! Taxes on Amazon purchases! Way to deprive us of everything else the rest of the country has no problem with!

    September 8, 2011 at 4:06 am |
    • OneHungLo

      You can always substitute Yak Penis.

      September 8, 2011 at 7:32 am |
    • John

      The fins have no taste. What you taste is the fish and chicken stock that is added. Sharks are suffering because of ignorance and money.

      September 8, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
  3. Huligan

    Did you just capitalize "YOU" ? Are you retarded ?

    September 5, 2011 at 5:04 am |
  4. LiuHei

    Good. Less demand, lower price. Now I can import shark fin from China much cheaper. Shark fin soups boost sexual potency, enhance skin quality, increase one's qi or energy, prevent heart disease, and lower cholesterol but some ppl are just too dumb to appreciate authentic Chinese cuisine

    September 5, 2011 at 12:14 am |
    • Poppypavot

      What a load of crap! Shark fins are made out of cartilage. Let's do a basic biology class-that is the same as your ears, nose... so to say that it will help prevent heart disease, enhance skin quality-what BS. This is the same argument that the Chinese people use to defend ground rhino horn which is keratin-bite your fingernails chinese people!!
      1 billion people selfish enough to ruin the earth with their behavior! BAN IT CALIFORNIA!!

      September 6, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
  5. Hooligan

    I personally do not like shark fin soup but I DO enjoy grilled shark and other shark dishes. Why not pass a law in utilizing the whole shark instead of banning it all together? Shark is an animal and animals are food.. Stop making things illegal just because some morons take it too far, punish the morons not the consumers.

    September 4, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
    • Poppypavot

      That is EXACTLY the problem with finning-people DONT use the rest of the shark! The fin is cut and shark is tossed back in the ocean.

      September 6, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
      • Rick

        The shark bleeds to death and dies too.

        October 2, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  6. RichardHead

    How will I stir my soup without the shark fin? I refuse to use a spork.

    September 4, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • MichaelHunt

      Democrats! Republicans! God! The Rich! The Poor!
      And this sums up any further comments.

      September 4, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • MyDick

      It's about bloody time someone did something to stop the ridiculous process of cutting off sharks' fins and tossing them back!

      Next comes Rhinocerous Horn and all the other quaint Chinese belief-foodstuffs that make their little dix "work" -like they need ANY help reproducing!

      September 4, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
      • Hooligan

        LOL... did you just relate sharks to Rhino's? Are you retarded?

        September 4, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
      • Wholigan

        Did you just use 'LOL'? Are YOU retarded?

        September 4, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
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