California legislature approves shark fin ban
"(This bill) addresses an important environmental threat to our oceans' health...It's our market here that drives the slaughter."
- state Senator Chris Kehoe
Shark fin soup would be off the menu in California, under a bill headed for the governor's desk following its approval by the state Senate on Tuesday.
Bill supporters, including environmental groups, actor Leonardo DiCaprio and several celebrity Asian chefs, say the ban is needed to protect endangered shark populations from over-fishing. California, with its population of 1.1 million Chinese-Americans, is one of the biggest markets for shark fins outside Asia.