The realities of sharks fin soup are not pleasant. Stop ordering it, stop eating it, stop making it seem ok – because it’s not.
Not only is it cruel but it’s seriously threatening some species of shark with extinction. If you are having a wedding, please make sure there is no shark fin course, having tried it before I have to agree with Gordon – it is absolutely tasteless. I much prefer fish maw.
Absolutely agree that its tasteless.
Its the soup that gives you the kick, the fins are there to show that you have a little bit of money.
Shark fin soup is what to the Chinese as diamonds are to the ladies.
Why eat a tasteless dish?
Why wear a colourless stone?
Pride and marketing is all there is.
Have you ever wondered why sharks are finned not in Chinese countries but those European countries and Africa? This is sheer profiteering in expense of those eating it.
The biggest exporter? Congo and Burkina Faso.
Blaming shark fin eaters are like blaming diamond wearers. Go blame the marketers and producers instead.
Sharks are at the top of their food chain. Sharks thrown into the ocean after finning feed their hungry brethen. This is also a way to prevent them sharks to attack other endangered species like the penguins, baby sea lions and notably the sea turtles.
I’d say eat more shark fins soup. Kill more sharks before they kill other endangered animals, notably sea turtles that feeds on jelly fish. If you really care, use less plastic bags that sea turtles will mistaken as jelly fish and dies from choking on them.
most of the shark fin in Malaysia are made from flour 😛
some even worse, made from plastic!
Every effort helps, honestly, I tend to see less and less shark fin being served at weddings with signs promoting the anti shark fin campaign on the dinner table as well.
disagree with people who think that eating sharks fins in malaysia is okay because “they’re fake anyway”. the fact that people are willing to eat it even when they’re fake goes to show that there’s a real and thriving demand for the real stuff. eating it cause it’s presumably “fake” is a weak excuse, eating is still an act that encourages the trade.
ppkia: sharks are part of the natural food chain and it shouldn’t be tampered with. other species are endangered because of human beings too, sharks didn’t eat them to the point of near extinction.
first order of business, convince horny to not eat sharks fin soup in wedding dinners.
To ppkia; wow, you’re a fucking biologist aren’t you? Keep eating shark fins so sharks can’t stop eating other animals?! Really?! Hey eat killer whales too cause they eat dolphins! And don’t forget to convert to cannibalism because you need to eat baby seal poachers and also those who eat turtle eggs. Better yet, put a plastic bag over your head.
To angelin; my version of your reply.
wow, you’re a fucking biologist/theorist, aren’t you? Stop eating sharkfins so that the sharks won’t get killed?! Really?! Hey stop eating chickens, they get killed too! Better yet, check if there is anything inside your numbskull.
/end ranting without substance
Sharks are here since 420 million years ago. One of the longest surviving species. Their numbers is on the rise, not near extinction. They are the dominant species in the ocean, top of the food chain. Go read up on Shark utilization, marketing and trade By Stefania Vannuccini, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Shark fin eaters don’t go and fin sharks. Chinese countries import most of their fins. The sharks are finned in countries like where Gordon Ramsay comes from, how ironic!
Won’t be surprised if you’re the type who wears a diamond ring to a dinner and refuse to eat shark fins. Diamonds are often traded to fund wars to kill people like you.
To ppkia; hehhehehe. no I don’t wear diamond rings. But thanks for mentioning that! I rest my case.
The purpose of the video is confusing.
It firstly talks about sharks being part of ecosystem etc and we need to leave them alone. Then it goes to say “We should use the other part of the shark as well, so that at least their killing is not that inhumane”
Anyway, if you guys have seem how chickens, cows, pigs are farmed…it is just as inhumane. Then it’ll probably be an arguement that “Farmed animals are okay, animals in the wild are different”….
It’ll be interesting to find out if Ramsay’s restaurant serves foie gras or have any ivory ornaments…then it’s quite hypocritical …isn’t it?
Other food that should be avoided include foie gras, squab, veal and etc.
The objective is not to argue or blame each other, it is to create a greater awareness and understanding toward the sharks and it’s fins.
It’s true that shark fins eaters do not go and fin sharks, but we (Chinese) eat more sharks fins more than anyone in this world. We (Chinese) demand, other people supply. If the demands lessen or stop, so will the killing. There’s no way we can totally stop it, but we can surely minimized it.
Chickens, Cows or etc produces way much faster than sharks. The hardest part is, we can’t breed sharks. Even though they have been in this world for a very long time, scientist or marine biologist still have a very hard time understanding them and their mating behavior. They are definitely the top predators and they also definitely play a very important part on the marine eco system. The whole eco system might collapse, if you take out the top guy.
Some agencies may say that the sharks population is on the rise and then most agencies, warned of their extinction. Those that says the population is on the rise might be getting money from the shark fins traders (which can be seen in certain countries). I strongly believe, their population in on the decreased. I’ve been diving for the past 9 yrs, my sharks encounters have been on the decline every single year. I used to see many of them, even in Malaysian waters. Now, not so as more.
I agreed totally with the diamond part. I would say that there are not much about the trade or awareness on that particular matter. Then more people will know and maybe less people will want a diamond ring.
The bottom line is still up to you to decide. Should you continue eating shark fins or should you stop eating it? It’s up to you to do your part! Just my personal opinion.
Tan Yee Hou: Yah it’s retarded.
PPKia: I don’t really follow your analogy, diamonds are very beautiful and sharkfins is tasteless. Yah if you worry about blood diamonds just make sure you buy from an ethical seller or just buy CZ. Sharks take a long time to mature, mate infrequently and have very few offsprings. The oceans are getting taken over by some nasty creatures like jellyfish due to lack of predators/global warming/carbon production etc.
ahsiang: Yah scary right, better not eat.
Mark Leo: Yup, every little bit helps – I fully respect those wedding photogs that offer discounts for wedding dinners with no sharkfin on the menu – I suggest you consider doing the same.
kimberlycun: Yup when the demand stops the over-fishing stops.
KY: Hard la that uncle.
MT: The point is sharks can’t be bred and they take a long time to mature, have very few offpsrings and so on (cows/pigs/geese/chickens are easy to breed for consumption). If people wanna eat sharkfin fine, don’t overfish the sharks, let them breed and consume the entire shark. Don’t just chop their fins off and throw them back into the sea. It’s not so much about the inhumanity it’s about the possibility of extinction.
Ed: Totally agree, but I believe we should try to convince more people and educate more people on the realities of eating sharksfin.