Illinois bans shark fins

Pat QuinnShedd Aquarium

It's now illegal to sell, trade or distribute shark fins in Illinois.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed the new legislation at the Shedd Aquarium Sunday.

The law is aimed at preventing shark finning.  After the removal of their fin, many sharks are thrown back into the ocean to die.

Shark fins are an Asian food delicacy and are typically used in soup. 

Lawmakers who pushed for the ban claim Chicago is a hub for shark fins in the Midwest.

The legislation makes Illinois the first inland state to adopt such a ban.

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