Is Hong Kong Finally Souring on Shark Fin Soup?
The world finally seems to be getting the message: Killing sharks for fin soup just isn’t cool anymore.
Trendy, high-end restaurants the world over pride themselves on offering shark fin soup, at a premium, for “foodies” who, for whatever reason, think that it’s perfectly okay to slaughter a 2,000 pound top marine predator simply for its appendages.
According to Hong Kong's Census and Statistics Department, even though 3,100 metric tons of shark fin were sold in China last year, this year's numbers are way down.
Sharks, victims of their own evolutionary success, have been revered in Chinese culture for centuries for their fearsome power. Shark fin is traditionally served at weddings, banquets and other auspicious occasions. The fins have attained almost mystical abilities to ramp up sexual potency, prevent cardiovascular disease and improve one’s complexion.
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