N.Y. considers ban on shark fin trade

02/22/2012 | Google

New York may soon join California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington in outlawing the possession, trade or sale of shark fins, which are in high demand in Asia where they are used in soup. In finning, as the practice is termed, fishermen remove the fins and leave the sharks to die in the ocean. Proponents say sharks' place in the marine ecosystem is essential and finning is decimating populations.

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