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Think before you order sushi

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 January, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 22 January, 2010, 12:00am

A Japanese restaurant in Hong Kong recently bought part of a huge bluefin tuna in Tokyo for an astronomical price. But the world's supply of tuna is rapidly falling due to overfishing. Some people boycotted the restaurant as a result.

I was glad to see this concern for endangered animals. In the past, most people didn't care about what animals were becoming extinct. People only thought about whether they tasted good. Today people are not only thinking twice before they eat tuna - they are also thinking twice about shark fin. It is good to see people's mindsets changing.

Unfortunately, boycotting one restaurant is not going to save the earth's endangered animals. The problem remains. We have to take more action to protect our planet's endangered animals, or else many will disappear altogether.

Ku Kai-kit, SKH Chan Young Secondary School

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Kai-kit. The over-fishing of bluefin tuna - and other kinds of tuna - for sushi restaurants here and in Japan is a tragedy. The tuna are remarkable fish that migrate huge distances around the planet and at amazing speeds - they can swim up to 70km/h. unfortunately, if we do not stop eating them, they will soon be gone.

It is very hard to get this message across to people who only care whether the food on their plate is tasty. Some environmentalists worry that the last tuna alive will not be saved - it will simply become the most expensive ever. But this does not mean we should give up hope. The boycott of the restaurant by people who care sent a message, and hopefully that message will continue to spread.

Chris, Sub-editor


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