So far shark fins are still available in New York, especially in groceries in Chinatown. However, legislators in New York State are considering a ban against shark fin sales, in order to protect the ecosystem.
The article mentions that shark fin soup is a traditional Chinese banquet dish, believed to bring good luck and numerous health benefits. As far as I am concerned, the association is Chinese people's axiological belief. They value shark fin soup since they believe it can bring good luck. Meanwhile, the author also points out that axiological belief is held most by elder people, and in contrast, younger generation of Chinese doesn't insist shark fin soup is essential in significant banquets. For example, Yao Ming, the Chinese basketball star disapproves the consumption of shark fins. The younger generation shows a positive view towards the ban, which I consider as a kairos to help legislate the ban. The time is changing, and people have developed different perspectives. Shark fin soup is no longer as essential as before. In addition, another important kairos element is "scientists estimate that up to 73 million sharks are killed annually to satisfy the appetite for shark fin soup, leading some species to the brink of extinction and depleting ocean of a key ecosystem predator". The consumption has made the environment worse and worse, so it is really the time we need take action. Plus, I find this sentence to be seen as an ethos appeal, arousing people's sympathetic emotion.