From the Daily News:
The New York state Senate voted unanimously on Tuesday to outlaw the shark fin trade.
The bill now heads to the Assembly, which passed the same measure last year, only to have it die in the Senate without a vote.
If the bill is again approved by the Assembly, where it enjoys sponsorship from 43 of the body’s 150 members, it will head to Gov. Cuomo’s desk.
Environmental groups estimate that 73 million sharks are stripped of their fins and dumped back into the ocean, where they sink to the bottom and drown. The fins are then used as the main ingredient in the Chinese delicacy shark fin soup.
Since California and four other states banned the sale, purchase and distribution of shark fins, New York has become the leading hub of trade for the coveted product in the United States.