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SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) - Illinois may become the first state without an ocean shore to ban possession of shark fin.

The state Senate approved the ban by 41-13 on Tuesday. It now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn.

Shark fin is a pricey delicacy used to make soup long considered a status symbol. Environmentalists say that harvesting fins is inhumane and a threat to shark populations.

Although shark fins aren't harvested in Illinois, lawmakers say Chicago's Chinatown is a hub for the sale and consumption of shark fin in the Midwest. They say a state measure would help reduce demand and prohibit it worldwide, including in China.

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The bill is HB4119.
Online:
http://www.ilga.gov/

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