The Shark’s Voice: Shark fin ban passes Illinois Legislature

SPRINGFIELD, ILL • The possession or distribution of shark fins may no longer be legal in Illinois, under a measure passed by the Legislature today.

State Sen. Antonio Munoz, D-Chicago, said the bill’s purpose is to prevent shark finning, which is the removal of the shark’s fin followed by releasing the shark back into the water. Shark finning is illegal in U.S. waters, however the possession of shark fins is only prohibited in several coastal states.

“The sharks are mutilated for their fins,” Munoz said. “They just cut off their fins and charge anywhere from $200 to $300 for each fin.”

Shark fins are considered an asian delicacy and a lucrative market in the seafood business.

Opposition to the bill came from state Sen. Matt Murphy, D-Palatine, who questioned why Illinois needed the ban, when only coastal states currently prohibit the possession and distribution of shark fins.

“This has only affected the west coast…this should give us pause,” Murphy said.

The bill, HB4119, which passed the House and Senate by a large margin, will be sent to the governor’s desk.

Sources: stltoday.com

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~ by FSVSF Admin on 21 May, 2012.

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