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In Time for Shark Week, Texas Fin Ban Takes Effect

A law banning the trade of shark fins goes into effect in Texas on Friday.
A law banning the trade of shark fins goes into effect in Texas on Friday.

A ban on the trade of shark fins in Texas goes into effect Friday — just in time for the popular string of Discovery Channel programming known as “Shark Week.” The ban is an attempt to fight back against the practice of finning, in which shark fishers cut off the fin of a live shark before throwing it back into the sea, where it generally dies.

A bowl of shark fin soup with crab meat at Ho Ho Chinese BBQ in Austin.
A bowl of shark fin soup with crab meat at Ho Ho Chinese BBQ in Austin.

Shark Fin Ban Back on the House Menu

A proposal to ban the trade of shark fins in Texas sailed through the Texas House on Wednesday, but it faces choppier waters ahead: the Texas Senate, where similar legislation foundered in 2013.