SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A federal appeals court has refused to block California’s ban on the sale of shark fin soup.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal on Tuesday unanimously refused to ban the sale of the soup while San Francisco area Chinese restaurants and their suppliers pursue their lawsuit. The suit is supported by the Obama administration. The law took effect last month.
Environmentalists argue 73 million sharks are killed annually around the world for their fins.
The restaurants allege banning the Chinese delicacy is discriminatory.
The court said that it’s unlikely the lawsuit would prevail, but noted the legal action was still alive and that the restaurateurs and Obama administration could continue fighting the ban in a lower court.
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