Today Gov. Jerry Brown at last made it official: Starting Jan, 1, 2012, the importation of shark fins into California is banned.
Shark fins already here can be sold until July 1, 2013, but after that anyone hoping to enjoy a piping bowl of endangered-animal soup will have to go elsewhere.
Over on our Snitch blog, Erin Sherbert has the details:
Brown signed the controversial ban today, saying it will help curb the dwindling shark population. “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,” Brown said.
Also, SFoodie's resident critic Jonathan Kauffman has written wisely on the shark-fin ban controversy. Here's something to chew on that won't get the feds after you: