華裔代表入稟聯邦法庭 要求推翻鯊魚翅禁令

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反對加州禁魚翅法例的華裔代表指,吃魚翅是中國人長久以來的傳統。魚翅湯在婚宴上,更加是重點菜式。他們認為禁魚翅等同直接歧視華人,違反美國憲法,就像1882年排華法案的翻版,因此已經正式入稟聯邦法院,要求推翻加州禁魚翅禁令。

反對禁魚翅法例代表陳錫澎說:”因為這個法例在加州可以繼續捕殺鯊魚,用鯊魚每一部分,而要把魚翅扔掉。差不多掌摑我們中國人,即說我們中國人殘忍,不應讓我們吃(魚翅)。”

李兆祥說:”我們一定要打官司,打至美國最高法院,我們相信法律在我們這邊。我們所講的,都是合情、合理、合法的。”

反對加州禁魚翅法例代表律師Joseph Breall說:”該法例實際上是歧視性和排華,我們都知道,加州排華法案的歷史。”

代表反對法例團體的律師將會在未來三星期內,要求法庭頒布臨時禁制令,阻止加州繼續執行法案,雖然未知道開審日期,但代表律師希望在6-8個月內,法庭會有初步的裁決。

而華裔代表則認為,訴訟成功的機會十分大,有信心可以推翻法例。

而去年提出禁魚翅法案,加州眾議員方文忠的辦公室,便透過電郵回覆指,該法例只是對華裔社區影響較大,並不涉及種族歧視問題。

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  1. kawahchan says:

    The Federal Court’s Judge ought to understand this AB376 law to enforce the California shark-fin ban, these people who want to turnover AB376, they are a VERY SMALL group of so-called “Chinatown’s Compatriots leaders” who are NOT official-elected by eligible statewide voters or official-appointed by the state government, these small group of anti-AN376 people are their own self-interest in their profitable shark-fin wholesale or retail dealer; they (the anti-AN376) DON’T speak for ALL Asian-Chinese’s democracy, politics, Chinese culture of HOW Chinese wedding dinner to “require” shark-fin dishes put on table. Outside the Chinatown, we, the majority Asian-Chinese Americans DON’T see the AB376 law to ban shark-fin could prejudice against Asian-Chinese race and Chinese culture and Chinese wedding’s custom with shark-fin ban. In fact, the Federal Court ought to respect the Animal Right in the Ocean’s sea world as equal as Human Right. According to Beijing, China, the Chinese Government will enforce to BAN all kind of the State Dinners with shark-fin dishes within coming 3 years to fulfill.

  2. Silvo says:

    I guess these anti-AN376 just want to keep their business legal.
    We all know, that the ban only isn’t enough – the shark finning must be stopped in people’s heads.
    I know breaking a tradition might offend a lot of people, but think about it, is a human tradition more worth, than these animals life? Are we allowed to exterminate a whole race for someone’s tradition? If your answer ist yes – how will your tradition go on when you’ve killed every single shark – at least for money?
    We must protect these beautiful animals from being erased of our oceans forever, I bet there is a bunch of reasons why nature created sharks….

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