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Shark Fins Are Banned in 12 U.S. States -- But Itís Still on the Menu

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If you're in Los Angeles and the mood strikes, you can easily order shark fin soup from China Gate Restaurant for $16.95 -- even though it's against the law. California is one of 12 states that bans the sale of shark fins -- but that hasn't stopped a lot of restaurants from catering to the still-significant demand for shark fin soup in the U.S.

Every year, the Washington D.C.-based nonprofit Animal Welfare Institute updates its list of restaurants that serve shark fin soup and notifies state enforcement agencies. But so far, the bans haven't stopped restaurants in at least 10 of the 12 states. During the past two years, at least five bills relating to the country's shark fin trade have been introduced in Congress. All five died, leaving the fate of sharks in the U.S. uncertain. (Two new bills were introduced last month.)...

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