Mayor Ed Lee Opposed to Shark Fin Ban
Ed Lee told the Chronicle’s City Insider blog that he opposes the proposed shark fin ban in the state.
From the post:
Lee, who says he’s not running for a full term, said he supports educating shark fisherman rather than an outright ban. “We don’t have to be anti-cultural to get to an enlightened method,” he said.
And as to whether he eats it? Yes, though he said, “I don’t eat it regularly. I can’t afford it. I only eat it at weddings or at special occassions…I don’t think people are eating this every night. It’s too expensive.”
In February, Assemblymen Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, and Paul Fong, D-Cupertino introduced AB 376, which would ban trade in shark fins in the state. Proponents of the ban say use of the fins in shark fin soup, a Chinese delicacy, is instigating illegal shark finning.
Another Chinese politician, State Sen. Leland Yee, running to be Lee’s replacement as mayor of San Francisco, has also come out against the ban.
You can read more about shark finning at KQED’s QUEST blog.
You can read the text of the proposed ban here.