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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

To Ban Or Not To Ban?:
Shark Fin Soup

(But what ever will I eat at those traditional, Chinese wedding banquets?)

The banning of shark fin soup, a Chinese delicacy, has been in the news lately. I didn't think it was a big deal until I heard HOW the fins were obtained.

According to a news story I heard, the fins are literally cut off and then the shark's body is thrown back into the sea, to become fish food. If not eaten, the shark essentially drowns because it cannot swim. :( The rest of the shark's body isn't used because its flesh is "tasteless".

(I cannot confirm this as an epicurean fact because I have never eaten shark.)

In Rob Stewart's 2006 documentary, Sharkwater, Stewart examines WHO the enemy really is, shark or man? And now the Canadian filmmaker is spearheading - pardon the pun - the campaign to ban the sale/use of shark fin.

Knowing what I know now, plus the fact that the Great White Shark is currently on the list of endangered species, I think that I'm okay with not eating this dish of delicious death!

Besides, I'm sure the Chinese can think of an ingenious replacement, fit for human consumption, for shark fin...


posted by Stephania at 12:20 am
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