A new Illinois law bans the sale, trade or distribution of shark fins in Illinois. Illinois becomes the first inland state to adopt such a ban. Lawmakers who pushed for it have said Chicago’s Chinatown has been a hub for the sale of shark fin in the Midwest.
Shedd Aquarium lead shark aquarist Heather Thomas agrees. “Even though shark fins aren’t harvested in Illinois, Chicago’s a major hub for the sale and consumption of shark fin meat so this bill is huge to …eliminate the needless killing of millions of sharks every year,” Thomas said. She says worldwide, the shark population is down 90 percent from its peak. Shark fins are typically used in soup and other Asian cuisine. After fishermen harvest their fins, many sharks are thrown back into the ocean to bleed to death or drown.