Save sharks by skipping the soup
Shark's fin soup is one of the major dishes at a Chinese banquet. However, I think we should leave it off the menu in order to protect endangered sharks.
Wedding banquets are an important tradition in Hong Kong. Often shark's fin soup is served there because the organisers want to demonstrate their wealth and class. However, tradition or a desire to show off is not a good enough reason to endanger an entire species.
What can we do to save the sharks? First of all, restaurants should stop serving shark's fin soup and provide customers with alternative choices. Some restaurants serve bird's nest soup as a substitute.
Consumers also need to be educated and asked to refrain from eating food which is made by killing endangered animals.
We all have the responsibility to save the Earth's living creatures. Let's do that by no longer eating shark's fin soup.
Chan Wing-sum, Po Leung Kuk 1984 College
From the Editor
Thank you for your letter, Wing-sum. It will probably take a few generations before eating shark's fin soup dies out as a practice. The pressure is on sharks at the moment as more Chinese become wealthy enough to afford the dish. It will take a great deal to change the government's stance and outlaw it. At least some companies have pledged to not use shark's fin soup at their banquets, or serve it in their hotels.
And here is where our readers can make a difference: don't support a restaurant that has it on the menu. If it is possible, without causing a family row, find somewhere more eco-friendly to spend your money.