Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds California ban on legal shark fins

“The purpose of the shark fin law is to conserve state resources, prevent animal cruelty, and protect wildlife and public health,” said Judge Andrew Hurwitz in the 2-1 ruling, which upheld a federal judge’s decision in the state’s favor. In dissent, Judge Stephen Reinhardt interpreted federal law differently. The national government, Reinhardt said, is authorized to “manage and maximize the productivity of fisheries” in federal waters that extend 200 miles offshore. Bruce Wagman, an attorney for the Humane Society of the United States,,, Read the rest here 08:02

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