Local

New Massachusetts Law Bans Shark Finning

View Comments

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill outlawing the possession or distribution of shark fins in Massachusetts.

Supporters of the ban say shark fins are often removed for use in soup while the rest of the shark is thrown back in the sea, still alive. They call the practice inhumane.

Patrick signed the bill Thursday at the New England Aquarium.

The governor credited conservationists and animal welfare activists who pushed for the bill, including 9-year-old Sean Lesniak of Lowell, who took an interest in the subject and visited the Statehouse to urge lawmakers to approve the ban.

Patrick said the law will primarily affect distributors and retailers of imported shark fins, with little impact on commercial fishing.

Violators could face up to 60 days in jail or fines of up to $1,000 per fin.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kendall Buhl reports

New Massachusetts Law Would Ban Shark Finning

WBZ NewsRadio 1030

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

MORE LOCAL NEWS FROM CBS BOSTON

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,075 other followers