16 Nov '11, 9pm

Conservationists Find it Hard to Dent Hong Kong's Appetite for Shark Fin Soup

Conservationists Find it Hard to Dent Hong Kong's Appetite for Shark Fin Soup

The Wrong Kind of Status Symbol In many parts of Asia, shark fin soup is considered a delicacy. It is traditionally served at weddings, but it's also a way for the newly wealthy to show they status. The problem is, the number of people in Asia who are entering the middle-class and can now afford to eat more shark fin soup has grown exponentially in the past decades and - as Jaymi explains in her post about shark finning - there are between 73 and 100 million sharks killed every year , mostly just for their fins. Because sharks are top predators, they are crucial to oceanic ecosystems.Conservationists have long tried to either ban or at least regulate the practice, with various levels of success, and to convince people living where the most shark fin soup is consumed to leave it off the menu. There has been some signs of progress, as Alex wrote about last April: A new surve...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/ocean-conservation/conservation...

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