09 Jun '11, 4pm

73 million sharks are dying for something that tastes lousy

As shark's fin soup becomes more popular in China, shark fishermen are killing as many as 73 million sharks each year in order to harvest their fins. It’s not because the fins are delicious, because they aren’t, says a local restaurateur. It’s just because people want to look rich. Shark's fin soup signals status, and as China's middle class grows, more wedding parties and business people are choosing to serve the dish. It’s basically like giving out Jordan almonds as wedding favors -- they don’t taste like much but it looks classy to give them out. Only imagine a scenario where 73 million Jordan almond beasts get killed every year. Some Pacific states in the U.S. and countries like Chile and the Bahamas are trying to protect sharks by cracking down on commercial shark fishing or the sale of shark products. In Hong Kong, some young people have taken to cordoning off their ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-06-09-73-million-sharks-ar...

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