Can we stop people from eating shark fin soup in other places around the world like China? And will it stop sharks from being finned? Shark fin soup is having a serious impact on shark populations around the world, which have decreased by more than 90% over the past 30 years; a serious blow for Ocean Conservation. Sharks are an apex predator, which is a term used to do describe animals who keep smaller predators in check. If shark populations are gone, then these smaller predators can wipe out more prey populations than the apex predator, which will change the entire habitat in a negative way.
When I Saw Shark Fin Soup for the First Time
I want to share a personal story about my first, and hopefully last, encounter with shark fin soup. I was invited to a wedding reception a few years back where the couple was Chinese. The mood was festive and everyone was having a great time. I always love Chinese food, not the North American version where everything is deep fried, but the authentic Chinese food where texture is sought over taste.
One of the first courses was a soup, which I didn’t have a clue what was in it. My wife turns to me and tells me it was Shark Fin Soup. Just to let you know, I was aware of the Shark Fin Soup issue at this point and I was against it, so you could imagine my surprise when I see the fin soup right there in front of me.
Getting Angry at Food!
Now I’m a laid back kind of guy that doesn’t let too much bother him, but watching people slurp the soup over and over again and grab seconds and thirds was making me angry. So much so, that I had to leave the table during the course. There were so many fins in the soup. All I could think about was the finning process and how many sharks died in order to serve one course at a wedding. I never felt so enraged over food in my life!
Banning Shark Fin Soup in North America
So, I applaud the effort made by cities across Canada to ban shark fin soup, as well as cities across North America. Shark Fin Soup is destroying shark populations around the world and if left unprotected shark populations around the world will become extinct.
However, I always think to myself, shark fin soup is for a culture which thrives on status and shark fin soup is an ultimate status symbol because it is so expensive to order.
Banning Shark Fin Soup Worldwide
There is a population of almost 1 billion Chinese people who want to be respected and show respect toward their family and peers that they will continue to order shark fin soup. We can ban shark fin soup in North America all we want, but the Chinese will continue to eat it.
So the question I ask YOU is:
How doe we stop the Chinese from eating Shark Fin Soup?