Shark Fin Rooftop in Hong Kong Sparks Outrage Amongst Greenheads

The fins are usually eaten by people in Asia, who use them to make soup

By on January 3rd, 2013 13:24 GMT

The idea that shark fins are eaten by numerous people in Asia in the form of soup is no news. Truth be told, there are few who are still unaware of the fact that shark fin soup is considered to be a rare delicacy in this part of the world.

More often than not, this type of soup is eaten by wealthy individuals who strongly believe that this dish packs various ingredients that have medicinal benefits.

However, a bunch a pictures showing thousands of shark fins left to dry on the rooftop of an industrial building in Hong Honk sparked a renewed interest in this matter.

This is because, after looking at the ten thousand shark fins all aligned in perfect order and left to soak up the sun, one cannot help but take a second or two to ponder over how many animals were killed while collecting these soup "ingredients."

Daily Mail
reports that the practice of eating shark fin soup must also be linked to animal cruelty. This is because the sharks have their fins removed by one clear cut while they are still very much alive.

Once the fin is detached from their bodies, they are simply thrown back into the water, and soon enough die as a result of bleeding and of their no longer being able to swim properly.

Interestingly enough, it seems that the decision to dry these shark fins on rooftops came as a result of people's protesting the practice of scattering them on sidewalks.

Thus, those who earn a living by marketing shark fins were left with no choice except abide by the public demand and move their business out of sight.

Presently, animal rights activists are campaigning against the practice of torturing and killing sharks for the sole purpose of eating their fins.

Their main concern is that, as estimates have shown, nearly 100 million sharks get turned into soup on a yearly basis.

They believe that, given the proper incentives, people would eventually stop eating this type of soup and that those marketing shark fins would be left without their customers. In addition to this, they are pushing for a legal ban on this dish.

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