No More Shark Fin Soup in Cape Town
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.
Shark fins are harvested using an inhumane and destructive method as the sharks are finned alive and thrown back into the sea, only to drown or bleed to death on the ocean floor. In most cases, the sharks themselves are not used for meat and the hold space is reserved for more fins.
Shark meat and bi-products, including the fins have been found to contain extremely high amounts of methylmercury, a poisonous chemical that causes birth defects and cardiovascular diseases.
I am joining Change.org and many others in boycotting local businesses that continue the sale of shark fin products. Please help support this cause by joining us and assisting these wild animals back from the brink of extinction.
Although shark fin soup is a traditional dish with a history of use in Chinese cuisine, with the delicate nature of the shark populations around the world, this tradition has become outdated and now is the time to take a stand against these unnecessary and wasteful practices by stopping the sale of shark fin products in your establishment.