19 September 2011

Passage of landmark bill is a victory for the sharks in California

Earlier this month, the Assembly Bill 376, which prohibits the sale, trade, and possession of shark fins within California, passed the California Senate with a vote of 25 to 9. This landmark bill for sharks is expected to be signed into law by Governor Brown in the coming days.

The demand for shark fins is largest in Asia, with the state of California being second. This is a huge step for sharks. Similar legislation has already been passed in Hawaii, Washington, and Oregon, so we need to get California on the map.

Shark finning is a horribly cruel though still legal process in which sharks are captured and have their fins sliced off, all while being alive (usually). They are then tossed overboard to drown and/or bleed to death, since shark meat is not considered valuable. All of this torture for “shark fin soup.”

Find out more about what you can do and keep up to date on Assembly Bill 376 at Wildaid or Sharksavers.

Kelly Beth | @veganbotanicals
Kelly Beth is a smiley vegan herbalist and wanderer, and currently resides in Boulder, Colorado with her fiancé and kitty (kitty face). She created twig & leaf botanicals, a vegan & organic herbal apothecary 3 years ago to bring healthy, plant-based alternatives to mainstream medicine and home care. Follow Kelly Beth on her blog and Facebook.

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