Bite Back! – great website and campaign.
I like to try interesting food. I’ve tucked in to delicious street food in Thailand, tried all sorts of game in South Africa, eaten nettle cheese, drunk many varieties of tea, added obscure herbs to my cooking and I will continue to experiment with food in the name of culinary extravagance.
However, there are some things you will never see me trying. Shark fin soup is one of them. Like many ocean species, sharks are at threat from fishing activities. But worse than this, many sharks species are also at threat from a trade selling only their fins. Thrown back in to the sea, often still alive, many are condemned to a slow death, their life a tragic waste – not really in the name of food but merely to satisfy consumers demand for an exotic soup with supposed beneficial properties.
I can’t really think of any argument to support this barbaric trade. Even if there were benefits to eating shark fin, it is a wasteful, cruel and unsustainable trade. Whilst those actually finning the sharks may be poor and desperate for a source of income, this market would not exist were it not for support from the western world. Here is an excellent website for those of you in UK detailing where sharks and other vulnerable species are being sold. You can make the choice not to support these businesses and to email them explaining why 🙂