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Shark Fin Soup - China Finally Taking A Stance On This Deadly Delicacy

Updated on July 3, 2012

Cutting Ties With Cutting Shark Fins

We’re living in what I would call a period of environmental crisis and have been for quite some time. Yet, China has just recently come to the realization that they may be one of the largest single contributors to mother earth’s demise. I say this because they have finally taken a stance – and perhaps a small step – in preventing the wasteful and cruel deaths of a variety of shark species. China is finally planning to ban the delicacy of “shark fin soup” from being served in restaurants in Chinese communities worldwide.

Discarded Sharks
Discarded Sharks

Sharks Discarded As Trash

If you don’t know, the dish is derived from cutting off the pectoral and dorsal fins off of a live shark, and generally results in the shark being discarded back into the sea, to die a slow and painful death on the oceans floor. An academic study in 2006 estimates that between 26 million and 73 million sharks are estimated to be killed each year. Think about that for a moment and it should bring you to tears, or at least have you on the verge of tears. Millions of sharks killed each year for nothing more than their fins – then discarded like trash.

Recently Obtained Shark Fins
Recently Obtained Shark Fins

How Did They Get Away With It For So Long?

How in this day in age has China gotten away with this for so long? There are campaigns to save the whales, dolphins, pandas, and more – yet I can think of a single program designed to prevent this type of massacre. The World Wildlife Fund says that there are 181 shark species whose existence is now threatened – something like that doesn’t happen overnight. Is it because sharks have the reputation we gave them of being brutal man-eating monsters? Are we responsible for both their sinister reputation, and their declining numbers?


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      QudsiaP1 5 years ago

      Well if the rest of the shark is not being eaten and being wasted then it is brutal.