Shark Finning

To eat or not to eat

A worker arranging shark fins at Chung Ching Street in Sheung Wan on June 1, 2013. Photo: SCMP/Sam Tsang

That is the question.

Monday, 14 October, 2013, 3:27pm

Letters to the Editor, May 19, 2013

The pink dolphin's days are numbered. Photo: AFP

The future belongs to our children, and every loving parent should want that future to include the biodiversity that we take for granted.

19 May 2013 - 3:55am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, April 1, 2013

Post-referendum celebrations on the Falklands. Photo: AFP

I would like to share with readers more details of our experiences in Sweden, where we have two separate glass recycling systems. For standard drinks containers (glass, PET and aluminium) we have a deposit system. When returned to the supermarket redemption centre for deposit refund, glass bottles are sent back to the beverage factory, cleaned and reused.

1 Apr 2013 - 3:00am 1 comment

Cites bans trade in shark species that are at crisis level

Dried oceanic white tip shark fins at a shark fin warehouse in Hong Kong. Photo: EPA

An international conference has voted to ban trade in some shark species whose populations have fallen to crisis levels, in part because of demand from China - the world's biggest consumer of shark fins for use in soup.

12 Mar 2013 - 2:21am

Runners take their case for shark fin ban to Hong Kong's big marathon

From left, runners Janet Ng, Kenneth Chan and Anthony Leung King-yan in their outfits for the race on February 24. Photo: Nora Tam

This will be the seventh consecutive year a group of elite local runners will run the entire 42-kilometre marathon in full-body shark costumes. "It's not so much the heavy shark head that's the challenge, but how hot and stuffy it gets in here," said Janet Ng Shiaw-hwa, as she wiggled into her suit at a demonstration in Tamar Park in Admiralty.

4 Feb 2013 - 4:40am 1 comment

Shark fin opponents dogmatic

Recent letters concerning shark fin have shown unquestioning acceptance of a dogma.

There is a refusal on the part of correspondents to consider opposing viewpoints when dealing with those they consider to be the unenlightened.

21 Jan 2013 - 3:35am 10 comments

Letters to the Editor, January 11, 2013

Substantial rent hikes at Link Reit malls. Photo: Felix Wong

Uninformed views harming vet profession

I must take issue with what I felt was an incomplete report ("Top doctor questions sky-high HK vet fees", January 7).

I feel qualified to write because I have been administratively and politically involved in the veterinary profession since arriving in Hong Kong 17 years ago.

11 Jan 2013 - 2:27am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, December 16, 2012

No need for shark's fin soup on the menu. Photo: SMP

Standard hours law is morally right

In the report ("Warning of 'euro mess' over standard working hours", December 3), a deputy chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries said that legislation on standard working hours would jeopardise business competitiveness and such legislation had "caused riots and unrest in some countries".

16 Dec 2012 - 3:35am 1 comment

Inter-Chinese race row in Vancouver over shark's fin soup

Anti-finning advocate Kerry Jang says supporters of shark's fin soup "are trying to wrap the issue in the flag of China". Photo: Canadian Press

The debate over shark's fin soup has descended into an inter-Chinese race row in Vancouver, with a restaurant group branding a leading anti-finning campaigner a "banana" who failed to understand his own ethnic heritage.

2 Nov 2012 - 5:03am 6 comments

Cathay flight ban is symbolic victory in shark fin campaign

To the uninitiated, shark fin sounds like waste, when every other edible part of the ocean predator has been harvested. All too often, unfortunately, it is the shark that is the unwanted leftover - tossed back into the sea for a cruel death after its fins have been hacked off to be made into shark's fin soup.

9 Sep 2012 - 12:36am

Letters to the Editor, September 07, 2012

Much support provided for disabled sport

I refer to the letter by Chan Wing-ki ("Disabled athletes need more support", September 4) concerning the assistance provided by the government to athletes competing at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

I would like to thank your correspondent for expressing support for our athletes.

7 Sep 2012 - 1:54am 5 comments

No more shark fin is good news

I've just read that the mainland is planning to ban shark's fin soup from being served at official banquets. While many people believe the dish is a symbol of wealth, it requires the killing of millions of sharks each year.

The creatures are often butchered in cruel ways. Their fins are cut off and the sharks are thrown back into the ocean to die.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:08pm

Shark-fin banquet ban needs support

Changing traditions is not easy. It is even more difficult when substantial economic interests are involved. The battle to curb consumption of shark fin on the mainland is a case in point. Despite intensifying global campaigns to take the dish off the menu, appetite for the delicacy remains strong.

11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Shark-finning advocate presents a gross distortion of the facts

In his letter ('Petition to Legco that criticises eating of shark fin contains tainted information', June 13), Charlie Lim of the Marine Products Association, presents what can only be construed as a gross distortion of the facts.

22 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Petition to Legco that criticises eating of shark fin contains tainted information

I refer to the Lai See item ('Unhealthy appetite for cruelty in world's shark-fin capital, June 5) on a recent petition to legislators in Hong Kong, which once again criticises Chinese people for eating shark fin. It is signed by 41 scientists.

13 Jun 2012 - 12:00am