[Ed. Note: For background information, read the alert: Tell Governor Brown to Sign Shark Ban Legislation Immediately.]
On Friday, October 7, Governor Brown signed AB 376 into law. AB 376 (co-authors Assemblymembers Fong and Huffman), bans the sale and possession of shark fins in California.
The Governor said:
The practice of cutting the fins off of living sharks and dumping them back in the ocean is not only cruel, but it harms the health of our oceans. Researchers estimate that some shark populations have declined by more than 90 percent, portending grave threats to our environment and commercial fishing. In the interest of future generations, I have signed this bill.
Thanks to all the Food Empowerment Project members and supporters who helped with the research, lobbied, wrote letters and made phone calls. Your voices for the sharks were heard.