New York

On July 26, 2013 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law A.1769b/S.1711b, banning the sale, possession, trade and distribution of shark fins. The law comes into effect on July 1, 2014, and it accommodates some demand for shark fin by allowing the sale of fins from two species of dogfish which is considered to be the most abundant shark in the North Atlantic. New York is one of the largest markets for shark fins outside of Asia and the largest port of entry for shark fins on the East Coast. It joins seven states and all three Pacific U.S territories (California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Delaware, Oregon, Washington, Samoa, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands) in passing similar laws to provide critical protection to sharks. Restauranteurs in Manhattan’s Chinatown have already been phasing out shark fin soup since the other states began banning shark fin.

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