In a world of rampant poverty, melting ice-caps and genocide - finally some GOOD NEWS! Shark fin soup, a popular Asian delicacy is reportedly witnessed a sharp decrease in sales.
You are sixteen times more likely to be hit by lightening than to be bitten by a shark. Shark's also have a major image problem - no thanks to movies like Jaws. What many people do not know about these wonderful creatures is that sharks are the bricks that hold up the ocean's ecosystem - picking off the weak and sick of smaller species, helping to ensure strong and healthy populations and balanced evolution of marine life. If these top predators are extinct - the system is destined to collapse. And if that's not enough - keep in mind shark fin has no actual flavour!
There has been both a reduction in supply of shark fin soup, courtesy China's austerity campaign, as well as a reduction in demand, a consequence of a change in public attitude especially among younger generations. Corporations are playing their part too - large hotel chains have stopped serving the shark fin soup and over 20 airlines have agreed not to transport it as reported by the article.
If this article strikes a chord with you, I would recommend watching a brilliant documentary called Sharkwater (check it out at: http://www.sharkwater.com/ )!
A popular dish at weddings and banquets in China, shark fin soup is increasingly off the menu due to a government frugality drive and awareness campaigns and by conservationists, according to a new report. The trade in shark fins, a symbol of wealth in China and other parts of Asia, has led to the decline in some shark populations by up to 98% in the last 15 years. An estimated 100 million sharks are killed each year with up to 73 million used for their fins. China became the world’s largest market for shark fin due to its rising wealth and desire for luxury goods. However, sales of shark fin have fallen from 50-70%, according to a report by WildAid, a US-based organisation focusing on reducing demand for wildlife products.