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Federal Appellate Court Upholds California Law Banning Sale of Shark Fins

A lawsuit challenging a California law banning the sale and distribution of shark fins in the state has been dismissed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The decision upholds landmark legislation from 2011 to eliminate the demand for shark fins and end the state’s role in facilitating the cruel and wasteful practice of shark finning where fins are sliced off of a shark and the animal is discarded at sea while still alive.

Ralph Henry, deputy director of animal protection litigation for The HSUS said: “The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International applaud the court for upholding California’s decisive action on this important animal welfare and conservation measure. The California law and similar laws recently passed in more than a half dozen other states are critical tools in preventing the loss of millions of sharks each year to the cruel practice of finning.”

The Humane Society of the United States was joined in the litigation by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation and Asian Pacific American Ocean Harmony Alliance. These organizations were represented by the law firm Schiff Hardin LLP and lawyers with the HSUS’ animal protection litigation group.

Media Contact: Naseem Amini, namini@humanesociety.org, 301-548-7793

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