Shark’s Fin Somehow Still a Thing
With Lunar New Year approaching, The Hong Kong Shark Foundation has surveyed 375 Chinese restaurants across the city, and found that over 98 percent of them are still serving shark fin soup on their Chinese New Year dinner menu. In addition, the foundation reviewed 2,470 regular menus, of which over 85 percent still include shark fin dishes. Joan Chan, the foundation’s Campaign Director, says that there has been a significant drop of 30 percent in the number of shark fins imported into Hong Kong between 2012 and 2014. Furthermore, the government has eliminated shark fin from all of its official banquets, and over 60 percent of four-and five-star hotels in the city have promised to stop serving this traditional Chinese delicacy. But despite that the survey shows that the situation is far worse than expected, says Chan, and Hong Kong people are still consuming a considerable amount of shark fin—despite the cruelty with which it is harvested.
Our take: Why are we still talking about this? It doesn’t even taste of anything!