Maryland could outlaw the shark fin trade under a bill that passed the House of Delegates this week.
The fins, the key ingredient in shark fin soup and considered a delicacy in some Chinese cuisines, have undergone global scrutiny because of unsustainable harvesting practices.
In some parts of the world, the fins are sliced off the sharks and the wounded animals are left to swim in the sea.
The ban, which now heads to the Senate, would outlaw the importation or possession of shark fins.
The animals are slow growing and slow to reproduce, leading the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species earlier this month to move toward curbing global trade on...