No More Shark Fin Soup in Cape Town
  • Petitioned Mr Chan Restaurant, Main Road Sea Point, South Africa 021 439 2239

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Mr Chan Restaurant, Main Road Sea Point, South Africa 021 439 2239

No More Shark Fin Soup in Cape Town

    1. Aaron Hansen
    2. Petition by

      Aaron Hansen

      Cape Town, South Africa

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September 2011

Victory

Although South Africa is a hotbed for shark finning - a brutal and unsustainable form of harvesting sharks - Mr. Chan was the only restaurant in Cape Town known to offer Shark Fin Soup on their menu. Local resident Aaron Hansen started a petition on Change.org to take a stand against the sale of shark fin products in his hometown. Nearly 2,000 people joined his campaign, and in September 2011, Hansen announced that Mr. Chan Restaurant has confirmed that they no longer serve any Shark Fin Soup. He added, "if you see Shark Fin Soup on the menu of any restaurant, please raise your concerns to the management and tell them how you feel about it as their customer."

Shark finning continues to threaten the existence of sharks around the world. Of the 390 known species of sharks, 110 have been classified as endangered, threatened, or vulnerable, with current findings putting 20 species at the risk of extinction by the end of this decade.

Shark fins are harvested using a brutal and inhumane method as the sharks are finned alive and dumped back into the sea to die. It is estimated that 22 million pounds of shark fins are traded every year in Hong Kong alone. This equals millions of sharks that are killed only for their fins.

Shark fin soup is a traditional dish that is usually reserved for special occasions, like weddings. But, with the blooming Chinese middle class, the growing demand for shark fin soup keeps the price high, fetching from $300 for one pound of fins. This gives the local fishermen ample motivation to continue this often illegal harvest.

Additionally, shark meat and shark bi-products including fins, is known to contain extremely high amounts of mercury which causes birth defects and cardiovascular diseases.

Southern Africa is a hotbed for shark fin fisheries and local restaurants, including Mr. Chan in Cape Town, are still serving Shark Fin Soup despite the environmental damage that this product is causing.  

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Success! Mr Chan has stopped selling Shark Fin Soup!

      Aaron Hansen
      Petition Organizer

      We have been informed that Mr Chan is no longer offering SFS to their customers. It isn't clear wether or not this petition is the reason for their change of policy, but we'll take it. Thanks to all those who signed. Keep supporting this issue.

    2. We are pushing this petition further. Please help us make 2000 signatures.

      Aaron Hansen
      Petition Organizer

      Our petition to stop the sale of Shark Fin Soup in Cape Town is on-going. We want the greatest impact that we can have in convincing Mr. Chan Chinese Restaurant that Shark Fin Soup is not a product that is acceptable to its customers.

    3. Reached 1 signatures
    4. Aaron Hansen
      Petition Organizer

      Hello Good People. Thank you again for your support on this issue. 2 weeks ago we reached our initial goal of 1000 signers on this petition. With the recent developments in Guam, Hawaii, and now California, we are now in the midst of planning the delivery of this petition to the owners of Mr. Chan Chinese Restaurant here in Cape Town, in conjunction with press coverage and local film screenings to drum up more local support.

      Mr. Chan is the only restaurant in Cape Town that is known to offer Shark Fin Soup on their menu and thanks to your support, we will be able to show them that we are not willing to allow the sale of these products in our community. Sharks are too valuable to our marine ecosystems and many species are already in danger of extinction. To continue to exploit them for any reason, here and abroad, will be disastrous.

      We will remind Mr Chan know that this isn't a cultural issue. It is an issue purely about shark conservation and humane actions.

      In the meantime, continue to share this petition with more people and we will gather as many signatures as possible.

    5. Reached 1 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Darren Glanville KENT, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      This is a cruel wasteful trade. Sharks have swam in the oceans for millions of year, who are we to slice off their fins whilst they are alive and toss them back into the oceans to drown like a bit of rubbish

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    • SHACHIA HOHN RICHMOND, VA
      • about 3 years ago

      MY ENTIRE LIFE, SINCE I LEARNED ABOUT SHARKS I LOVED THEM, IT BREAKS MY HEART THAT SOMEONE COULD DO THAT TO AN ANIMAL! THEY HAVE EMOTIONS TOO..YOU CAN SEE IN THEIR FACES.

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    • Sue Mason MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
      • about 3 years ago

      Animal welfare and to prevent extinction of another species

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    • Rosemary Wegner MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
      • about 3 years ago

      Cruel and unnecessary. Go vegetarian.

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    • D Hearn SEAFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 3 years ago

      Please, for all our sakes, we need to stop killing sharks at the current rate because we are decimating shark numbers on a global scale. Let's start managing global shark fishing so that it is sustainable. Otherwise we will soon see our oceans without sharks and the marine ecosystem completely and permanently out of whack. This is all so needless and completely in our power to solve.

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