WildAid partner Monterey Bay Aquarium released a poll that found 76% of California voters support making it illegal to sell shark fin soup in the state. The poll found that 70 percent of the 218 Chinese American voters surveyed favored a ban. “Chinese Americans feel no different than the rest of the community,” said Michael Sutton, the Aquarium's Vice-President. “This is a bipartisan issue - men and women, liberals and conservatives, all generations, voice concern for shark finning.”
WildAid commends the leadership of Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire for signing SB 5688, further protecting sharks and ocean ecosystems. Sponsored by Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-San Juan Island, the bill prohibits the sale, trade or distribution of shark fins or derivative products. Previously passed by unanimous vote by the Washington Senate, the House voted 95 to 1 in favor of it.
A Chinese lawmaker has proposed that the country's top legislature ban the trade of shark fin, a high-end delicacy consumed by wealthy people in China and East Asia.
Shark-fin trading generates enormous profits, but encourages overfishing and brutal slaughter of sharks, of which some 30 species are near extinction, said Ding Liguo, deputy to the National People's Congress, the top legislature.
He has filed a formal written proposal to the legislature, together with a dozen of other lawmakers.
With passage of Bill 44, the US Territory of Guam has now become the third place in the Pacific that has taken a definite stand against shark finning, the trade of fins and shark fin soup.
June 2010 marked the legislative breakthrough effort of the Hawaii shark fin bill. In January 2011 the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands followed and now Guam has joined them by passing Senate bill 44-31.