Shark fin ban awaits governor's decision

May 16, 2012 (CHICAGO)

Shark fin is considered a status symbol, but environmentalists say that harvesting fins is inhumane and a threat to shark populations.

Although shark fins are not harvested in Illinois, lawmakers say Chicago's Chinatown is a hub for the sale and consumption of shark fin in the Midwest.

The state Senate approved the ban Tuesday. The bill now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn.

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