KQED’s Forum: Shark Finning Legislation

| February 16, 2011 | 1 Comment
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Shark fins sit on the floor of a Hong Kong warehouse, waiting to be sorted out and exported. Photo: Anne Cecile Guthmann

Shark fins sit on the floor of a Hong Kong warehouse, waiting to be sorted out and exported. Photo: Anne Cecile Guthmann

A new bill introduced by state Assembly members Paul Fong and Jared Huffman sinks its teeth into the sale and distribution of shark fins in California. Environmentalists say AB376 would help stop the torture and slaughter of endangered shark species. But state Senator Leland Yee and some members of the Chinese business community contend that sweeping legislation is too broad of an approach. They also see the law as an attack on Asian culture.

Host: Michael Krasny


  • Adam Keigwin, chief of staff for state Senator Leland Yee
  • John McCosker, senior scientist and chair of the Department of Aquatic Biology at the California Academy of Sciences
  • Paul Fong, assemblyman for California’s 22nd District
  • Peter Knights, executive director of Wild Aid — a non-profit organization committed to stopping the illegal wildlife trade


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  • janellesantos

    please stop shark finning! we are trying to pass bill 44-31 to stop shark finning from our island of guam! we are needed of your support! our island is in need of this bill to be passed because our island is taking advantage of our halu’u (shark in chamorru)!
    your comments and opinions are needed! Please support!

    -thankyou from Janelle,Van,Nelson,Andrew, & Leo from Simon Sanchez High School!