A challenge by Chinese American groups to a California ban on shark fins has been rejected by a federal court, reports The Republic
The ban officially took effect January 1. Three other states and Guam also have similar bans. Supporters say 73 million sharks are killed for their fins each year. Some Chinese American groups says the ban is discriminatory because it only covers shark fins which is often served at traditional Chinese banquets, while other parts of the fish are not covered.