A Texas legislator has filed a bill that would make it illegal to possess almost any fish that has had its fins cut off.
The bill, ostensibly intended to protect sharks from the practice of “finning” (removing fins and tossing the rest away), is the result of collusion between Rep. Eddie Lucio, D-Harlingen, Hollywood actor Kyle Chandler, his daughter, and the radical animal rights group Humane Society of the United States.
HB 852 would specifically outlaw the sale, purchase, and possession of shark fins, as well as, in most cases, the possession of almost any fish, or shark, that has had its fins cut off. The offense would be a Texas Parks and Wildlife Class A or B misdemeanor.
“Protecting our sea life has become a critical issue in today’s society. We need to prevent our marine life from being harmed,” said Rep. Lucio in a statement.
Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, has filed a companion bill in the senate, SB 572.
Shark fins are often used in shark fin soup, best known as a delicacy in East Asia, particularly China and Hong Kong.