24 Aug '11, 5pm

California's Proposed Shark Fin Ban Divides Chinese-American Community

California's Proposed Shark Fin Ban Divides Chinese-American Community

"Many years ago, it was seen as food for royalty," [Ivy Lai, owner of a store that sells shark fins among other things] told Mercury News . "It's still expensive. But it is a gift. It is very important to the culture. When you get rid of it you are totally destroying a tradition." Is a tradition worth keeping if it wipes out not only sharks, but also the ecosystems that depend on them for keeping other species in check and picking off the sick and injured? Researchers have proven that sharks as alpha predators are key for healthy reefs , which are key for human economies. Are we really putting a tradition above healthy ecosystems? How could the tradition of shark fin soup possibly be destroyed by removing it from the dish and replacing it with a substitute? After all, the fin is tasteless, and only a tiny piece of the oddly textured fin is ever found in a bowl of soup. On ...

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