Tell Golden Unicorn: Get Shark Fin off the Menu
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Tell Golden Unicorn: Get Shark Fin off the Menu

    1. Jessica Belsky
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      Jessica Belsky

      Santa Monica, CA

Shark fin soup is served as a delicacy in many Chinese restaurants in the US, where the dish is seen as a status symbol. It's frequently also served at weddings and large gatherings in the Chinese community.

But the practice of finning sharks is nothing short of brutal. Sharks are caught at sea, their fins are sliced off and they are then thrown back into the ocean where they bleed to death or drown. Millions of sharks are killed annually.

The decline of sharks affects the entire ocean ecosystem. It's time we got shark fin soup off the menu at prominent New York restaurant Golden Unicorn.

photo: chee.hong via Flickr

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      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

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    3. Reached 750 signatures
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      Jessica Belsky
      Petition Organizer

      Call to Boycott Shark Fin Soup in New Zealand

    5. Taiwan to Slow Finning

      Jessica Belsky
      Petition Organizer

      Next year, Taiwan is set to become the first Asian country to seek to slow the annual slaughter of millions of sharks for shark fin soup.

    6. Shark-Related Tourism Brings in Money in the Bahamas.

      Jessica Belsky
      Petition Organizer

      Shark-related tourism has generated about $800 million for the Bahamian economy over the last twenty years, it was estimated by the Bahamas Diving Association.
      Tell Golden Unicorn that sharks are worth more to us alive than in soup.

    7. Chile Bans Shark Finning!

      Jessica Belsky
      Petition Organizer

      Nations that have now banned finning: Maldives, Honduras, Bahamas, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Seychelles, South Africa, Sweden, the Untied States + many more!

    8. Bahamas Bans Shark Fin

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      In a big win for environmentalists, the Bahamas recently banned the sale of shark fin. Let's push major restaurants like the Golden Unicorn to make the same commitment!

    9. Farewell to Sharks (And Yes, That's a Bad Thing) from Time Magazine

      Jessica Belsky
      Petition Organizer

      Each year, fishermen kill as many as 73 million sharks, while worldwide last year sharks accounted for only six human deaths.

    10. Push California to Ditch Shark Fin

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      A bill (AB 376) would ban the sale of shark fin in California, making it illegal for restaurants in the state to serve shark fin soup. Will you help pressure lawmakers to vote in favor of this bill?

    11. Possible FL Shark Killing ban for Certain Species

      Jessica Belsky
      Petition Organizer

      Florida considers a shark killing ban on certain species.

    12. CA Shark Fin Ban on the Move Through the Senate

      Jessica Belsky
      Petition Organizer

      California's shark fin ban passed through the Senate Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday!

    13. Sharks are in Serious Trouble...and Therefore so are our Oceans

      Jessica Belsky
      Petition Organizer

      A new book offers a compelling look at the most infamous underwater predators—and the significance of their disappearance.

    14. Leonardo DiCaprio Supports Shark Fin Bans

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Leonardo DiCaprio recently wrote to the California Senate in support of a ban on the sale of shark fins. Let's help push restaurants to ban shark fins, too!

    15. Toronto Moves to Ban Shark Fin Soup

      Jessica Belsky
      Petition Organizer

      Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam:
      “There are 73 million sharks every year hauled up from the bottom of the ocean,” Wong-Tam said. “Their fins are sawed off using a hot blade, their bodies are not desired, so the shark is then tossed into the ocean where it can no longer swim. It will drown or be eaten by other fish.”

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      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      The Chilean Chamber of Deputies recently voted to ban shark finning in Chilean waters, joining several other countries with similar legislation. If whole countries can enact change, why can't restaurants?

    17. Restaurants *and* States Need to Stop Serving Shark

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Hawaii and Washington have already banned the sale of shark fin soup, and California is considering similar legislation. We need restaurants to stop serving shark fin soup, but we also need state-wide bans. Will you support CA's proposed ban?

    18. Reached 500 signatures
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      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Some shark populations have declined by as much as 90 percent in recent years, largely due to finning. Let's end this brutal practice by decreasing the demand for shark fin soup

    20. Reached 250 signatures
    21. New York's Golden Unicorn Restaurant Serves Endangered Shark

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Shark fin soup is served as a delicacy in Chinese restaurants across the U.S. The dish is seen as a status symbol, and it's traditionally served at major events like weddings and banquets.
      A growing number of restaurants are discontinuing the dish,...

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    • Linda Fleming ROCHESTER, NY
      • about 3 years ago

      Wrong, wrong wrong. Just wrong.

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    • Joel Detrow LUFKIN, TX
      • about 3 years ago

      I love sharks, but not on the dinner table! If you're going to take one tiny part of the shark that it needs to survive, you had BETTER find a use for the other 98% of it! You have failed to do so, hence you should not be serving the 2% of it that's running sharks into extinction!

      When all the sharks are gone, your menu will lack the item anyway! So stop helping it along!

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    • James Laolada SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
      • about 3 years ago

      Shark finning is one of the most gruesome and barbaric human acts of cruelty I have ever encountered. It is very wasteful , very destructive , and very inhumane.

      Not one single person can ever truly justify the killing of a shark for a little bowl of

      watery liquid. Please, from the bottom of my heart, remove this tasteless soup from your menu. The world and future generations will thank you.

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    • Mackenzie Tolbert ATLANTA, GA
      • about 3 years ago

      Poor shark. Bad shark-eaters! Play nice with the sharks and leave their fins alone! =(

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    • casey ward WARKWORTH, NEW ZEALAND
      • about 3 years ago

      I will be telling everyone about this petition and the restaurant that chooses to have shark fin soup on its menu. Finning a shark and leaving it to drown is a disgusting, barbaric and wasteful practice. You should be ashamed.

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