The California political state got something right!
Passing by a vote of 25-9, the bill is now in the hands of Governor Jerry Brown who is expected to sign it within the week. This new legislation will prohibit sale, trade, and possession of shark fins within the state.
This is great news for the environment! People may have their opinions of sharks, but they are greatly needed in order to keep the oceanic ecosystem intact.
Also, it's just plain cruel! Shark finning involves the slow, torturous death of sharks by hauling them aboard ships, cutting off their fins, and chunking them back into the water alive.
Humans kill around 73m sharks a year, but everyone agrees this is a step in the right direction! Since CA held the biggest demand for shark fins outside Asia, it's going to make an impact.
Great job, California!
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