Shark Fin Suppliers Sue CA Over Ban
Group says law oversteps state's authority
A group of shark fin suppliers is suing California over a recent state-wide ban on the sale or possession of fins. The San Francisco-based Asian American Rights Committee of California argues that the ban infringes on Congress's authority to regulate interstate commerce. "By outlawing the acquisition, possession, or sale of all shark fins in California, the shark fin ban not only burdens but entirely eliminates this interstate trade," the group said in a filing. On Thursday, President Obama caused a stir when he visited one of the few San Francisco restaurants that still serves shark fin soup; while the ban went into effect in January, the sale of fins already in the state is permitted until July 2013. Advocates of the ban say it will help protect endangered shark species.
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