Born Free USA position: SUPPORT
Update (June 29, 2011): This bill passed the Senate Natural Resources Committee with a vote 5-0 (and two abstentions). The bill has been re-referred to the Senate Committee on Appropriations. A provision has been added that some type of amendment be incorporated to allow the possibility of some shark fin from “sustainable” sources. California residents are encouraged to contact their state senator to urge support on this bill.
Update (June 2011): More good news! The California state Assembly overwhelmingly approved AB 376, which now is before the state Senate's Natural Resources Committee. A committee vote is scheduled June 28; if approved, the bill would next go before the entire Senate for a vote.
Update (early April 2011): Good news! This bill, which passed unanimously out of the Assembly Water, Parks & Wildlife Committee by a vote of 13-0, then was passed by Assembly Appropriations and has headed to the Assembly floor. Please write your Assembly member and urge him or her to support AB 376.
Bill description: Assembly Bill 376 prohibits any person to possess, sell, offer for sale, trade or distribute shark fins. The bill exempts taking sharks for recreational/commercial purposes and persons with licenses/permits to take plant or animal life for scientific or educational purposes.