As much as it pains me to do this, I believe it is the right thing to do. Below is an article that’s been circulating for some time now, but when a point is being made, it never gets old.
I’ve known for a while that there’s no taste in shark’s fin – its all in the soup base / broth anyway. I guess I was in denail for a while. Anyway, I’m not someone who would take away something so precious from you without suggesting alternatives. According to my friend Robin (the same person who sent me this and made me all miserable :) kidding), Ovologue does mock shark’s fin soup. Unfortunately though, her group has yet to find vermicelli or mock shark’s fin with the same consistency, but as long as the soup still tastes the same … I guess I don’t care :(
Re: Previous entries with shark’s fin soup, I’ll leave it be. It’ll be a memory for me.
GO ME! I rock.
I used to think my cousin Leo only wanted to stop eating Shark’s Fin soup because he wanted to see more sharks when he went diving, but after watching the documentary “Sharkwater”, I am no longer going to have shark’s fin either.
The documentary makes some really valid points and reveals the cruelty of “finning.” Once caught the shark’s fin is hacked off and the animal is tossed back into the ocean, left to bleed to death slowly before drowning. And no, sharks DO NOT regrow their fins. This is a common misconception. Once their fins are cut off, they suffocate and die.
Next time you are offered a bowl of shark’s fin remember that:
1) Sharks Fin has no flavor and little nutritional value. The flavor of the soup is a result of chicken and pork stock. And recent studies have found high levels of mercury and methylmercury in shark fin above World Health Organization levels that can cause a variety of severe health problems in humans, including sterility in men, central nervous system problems and kidney diseases.
2) Shark populations may have been reduced by as much as 90% because of the high demand of shark’s fin soup. Great whites are now endangered species. Sharks play an important role in the marine ecosystem. Sharks are the ocean’s apex predator and provide an important function in maintaining the ocean’s balance. Sharks eliminate many diseased and genetically-defective animals and thus helps stabilize fish populations.
Oceans without sharks is becoming a real possibility since female sharks produce only one pup a year and the young shark may take up to fifteen years to reach maturity. Without sharks, their former prey destroy other species, including phytoplankton, which produce 50% of the earth’s oxygen and help control global warming. Our food supply and even our oxygen could be at risk without sharks.
3) In addition, worldwide sharks kill an average of 10 people every year. According to WildAid, humans kill up to 70 million sharks over the course of a given year. Who’s the bigger killer?
By eating sharks fin, we are not only partaking in a very cruel trade, but we are endangering ourselves as well. Why put mercury in your body unnecessarily? Let’s save the environment by saving the sharks.
What can you do?
1) Educate your family and friends. Because of films like “Jaws,” humans have been conditioned to fear sharks. It is time that we reverse the misunderstanding. We are more dangerous to sharks than they are to us. In a way, we are endangering OUR own environment. Sharks play a vital role in the ecosystem and help counter global warming. The depletion of the sharks is an imminent threat, not one that will affect future generations, but one that will affect us now. For more information, go to: http://www.sharkwater.com/education.htm. If you would like a copy of the DVD, please let me know.
2) Follow the lead of celebrities like Yao Ming, Ang Lee, Jackie Chan, Tony Leung, and Stefani Sun and stop eating Sharks Fin. Tell your parents/ uncles / aunties not to order it at restaurants.
3) Consider alternatives for banquets and weddings. Be socially responsible. Make a statement by not serving it at your wedding and encouraging friends to consider alternatives. The statement that you care about the environment and the welfare of animals in danger is much more important than the status symbol that the bowl of sharks fin will represent.
4) The more consumption means greater demand, and greater demand means higher prices. Curb demand- Say No to Sharks Fin!
5) Support our foundation: http://www.hksharkfoundation.org/ (website still under construction, but you can join us on facebook!). We recently produced a short film called “Fin” that won the ishothk short film People’s Award. :)
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