SHARKS: China bans Shark Fin Soup at official events
China bans Shark Fin Soup at official banquets
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 3 July, 2012 : - - China announced Tuesday it will prohibit official banquets from serving shark fin soup. The ban could take up to three years to take effect. The decision was welcomed by environmental campaigners, experts have long cautioned that rising demand for shark fin soup over the past two decades has imperiled shark populations around the globe.
It is the first time the Chinese central government has expressed a decision to phase out shark fin from banquets. The move will send an important signal to consumers in China, the largest market for fins. It will be a "big step" to help shark populations. Rapid economic growth across Asia in recent years has catapulted millions into the ranks of those who can now afford shark fin soup.
Distribution and sale of shark fin products were outlawed in California last year. The ban was signed into law but the sale and use of fins already in California is allowed until July 1, 2013, and the soup remains on sale in a few San Francisco venues. In January, President Obama signed the Shark Conservation Act, which protects most shark species from being harvested for their fins and prohibits cutting fins off a shark at sea.
Author: The Editors
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