Nearly 400 illegal shark fins were found in a Texas restaurant after officials developed a lead, despite the state’s ban on the sale and possession of shark fins.
Texas game wardens pursued a lead about possible illegal shark meat at a restaurant in San Antonio seafood restaurant. In a heartbreaking discovery, they found 381 whole shark fins and an additional 29.2 pounds of shark fin meat in a commercial freezer.
Kevin Winters, a game warden with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, told The Washington Post that most of the fins came from blacktip sharks, which are common in the Gulf of Mexico. Oceana, a conservation group, says that these sharks are not endangered like most of the other shark species, but it still does not make this ok.
According to a Facebook post from the Texas Game Wardens, no arrests have been made and the case is still pending against the restaurant/owners. All of the shark fins have been seized as evidence.
Shark finning is an absolutely cruel practice. Live sharks are caught and have their fins cut off before they throw the rest of the animal back into the sea, where it slowly dies a traumatic and painful death. Shark fins are the main ingredient in shark-fin soup which is very prevalent in China and Hong Kong.
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