As of today, shark fin soup and anything else made from shark fins are now banned in California.
Flickr/Clemson Shark fin soup
Two years ago, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law making it illegal to "possess, sell, offer for sale, trade, or distribute" any shark fin statewide, giving aficionados of the cruel soup plenty of time to adjust to the idea.
Many in the Asian community fought the ban, citing a centuries-old tradition of serving shark fin soup at weddings, banquets and other ceremonial events. The soup can fetch $100 or more a bowl. A San Francisco Chinatown group estimates the new law will cause revenue losses of about $40 million.More »