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August 27, 2013

Federal Court Rejects Effort to Block California Shark Fin Law

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision to keep in place California’s law that bans the sale, trade and possession of shark fins in the state. The Humane Society of the United States applauded the decision and issued the following statement from Jennifer Fearing, California senior state director:

“Federal courts have now ruled twice to keep California’s landmark shark fin law in place, rejecting the efforts from shark finning proponents to block enforcement of the law. The new shark fin law is a critical tool in eliminating the market for shark fins in California and ending our state’s role in facilitating this cruel and wasteful practice. Fins from sharks should be classed in the same category as ivory from elephants or horns from rhinos.” 

Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson: 240-672-8397; ksanderson@humanesociety.org

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