Photo courtesy of Patrick Kwan/Humane Society of the U.S.

While shark fin soup is heavily frowned upon and controversial, it is legal still in New York—though earlier this year lawmakers stated they were considering a bill that "would ban the sale, trading, possession and distribution of shark fins, possibly as of 2013." So for now, P.S. Trading (located at 58-60 Elizabeth Street in Chinatown, where this photo was taken) is safe, along with the many restaurants in New York that have the soup on their menu—the price is high for a bowl, usually over $60, and as you can see in the photo, a pound of the fin can cost nearly $600. These fins in Chinatown were spotted earlier today by the Humane Society of the U.S.'s Patrick Kwan, who tells us:

While I certainly know New York’s shark fin trade is huge, it makes me sick to the stomach to see the fins from thousands of sharks laid out right in front of me in this tiny shop that is just one of many. The shark fin trade will end sooner or later—the question is whether we will be able to end this atrocity before all the sharks are gone and have their fins cruelly hacked off just for a status symbol.

The movement to pass the bill—which is led by Senator Mark Grisanti and Assembly Members Alan Maisel, Grace Meng, and Linda Rosenthal—has been gaining momentum, and currently has over 30 state legislators signed on as sponsors. Kwan tells us if it's enacted, "New York will join four Pacific states—California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington—and the U.S. territories of Guam and Northern Mariana Islands in similar actions to provide critical protection to sharks and preserve the health of the world’s ocean ecosystems."

For their part, The Humane Society of the U.S. will be lobbying for the bill at their upcoming 2012 New York State Humane Lobby Day on Wednesday, April 18th.