Shark fins

Letters to the Editor, January 15, 2013

Catholic devotees with a statue of Jesus in Manila. Photo: AFP

Education has failed to stop the killing

On a recent visit to Lei Yue Mun, I was shocked to find one seafood stall with two agitated and very juvenile blacktip reef sharks swimming in their own tank.

This display was a first for me.

Tuesday, 15 January, 2013, 3:41am 6 comments

Green coalition calls for formal ban on shark fin in Hong Kong

The photo that sparked a global outcry. Photo: Sam Tsang

A coalition of marine conservation groups and high-profile environmentalists has written to the government calling for a formal ban on serving shark fin at all official functions.

13 Jan 2013 - 4:19am 2 comments

Video: Chinese restaurants found to serve poisonous fake shark fin soup

Think twice before you order your favourite shark fin soup next time - chances are you may be paying for an expensive bowl of mung bean starch gel and gelatine.

9 Jan 2013 - 1:48pm 3 comments

Letters Facebook, January 9, 2013

Security guards stand near protest banners and flowers are laid outside the headquarters of Southern Weekly newspaper in Guangzhou, Guangdong province. Photo: AP

On vets charging more than doctors:

Harminder Singh - Vet costs discourage me from owning more animals. I simply couldn't afford the care if my pets needed major surgery which I feel would be unfair to them and would break my heart and my family's heart too.

9 Jan 2013 - 1:27am

Best to keep our 'truthiness' in check

Hong Kong Shark Foundation (HKSF) protests over promotion of shark fins consumption outside Fu Sing Shark Fin Seafood Restaurant at Causeway Bay. Photo: David Wong

The most memorable thing from an interview I had with Peter Singer at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel many years ago was when he said he didn't particularly like animals, even as a child.

9 Jan 2013 - 1:26am 3 comments

Letters to the Editor, January 8, 2013

Bluefin tuna after being sold to a Tokyo sushi chain. Photo: EPA

Drying fins is sensible use of available space

I do not accept the claim that rooftop drying of shark fins or any other animal or plant product is a “dirty trade” (“Shark fin blanketing roof proves dirty trade thrives”, January 4).

8 Jan 2013 - 2:58am 12 comments

Shark fin trade 'victim of anti-Chinese conspiracy', say traders

A worker lays shark fins on mats to dry outside a seafood store in Western District. Photo: Sam Tsang

Shark fin traders in Hong Kong blasted an "anti-Chinese conspiracy" by environmentalists, whose constant bombardment of criticism they say is killing their business.

5 Jan 2013 - 10:16am 12 comments

Drying shark fin on Kennedy Town roof shows dirty trade is thriving

Freshly sliced shark fins dry in the sun on the roof of a factory building in Kennedy Town - part of an estimated 30,000 believed to be from mako sharks. Environmentalists say it is proof that the widely reviled trade is still being conducted in the city, even though traders insist that most production has moved to the mainland. Photo: Sam Tsang

A factory rooftop in Kennedy Town carpeted in thousands of freshly sliced shark fins is proof the trade still thrives in the region, environmentalists said yesterday.

4 Jan 2013 - 10:08am 2 comments

Outrage over ‘shark fin rooftop’

Shark fins drying in the sun cover the roof of a factory building in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

Hong Kong conservationists expressed outrage on Thursday after images of a factory rooftop covered in thousands of freshly sliced shark fins emerged, as they called for curbs on the “barbaric” trade.

The city is one of the world’s biggest markets for shark fins, which are used to make soup that is an expensive staple at Chinese banquets and viewed by many Asians as a rare delicacy.

3 Jan 2013 - 4:30pm 3 comments

Letters to the Editor, December 30, 2012

The city faces stiff competition from Shanghai. Photo: AFP

I refer to the article by Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen. Mr Yuen extols the role that Hong Kong plays as an international legal service centre. In that context, I would urge him to look into the area of sovereign immunity.

30 Dec 2012 - 6:03am 2 comments

China Digest, December 3, 2012

A former chemistry major aged 27 appeared in court on Saturday, charged with making amphetamines at his home in August, Beijing Times reports. 

3 Dec 2012 - 6:50am

Europe moves closer to blanket ban on shark finning

Fins are sometimes removed at marketplaces, but often they are sliced off a live shark and the carcass thrown back into the sea. Photo: EPA

On Thursday the European parliament backed a blanket ban on shark finning, in which the fins are sliced off sharks, often while they are alive, and their carcasses dumped in the sea.

A surge in demand for shark fins, mostly for soup in Asia, has threatened various species of the predators, which have a vital role in maintaining the balance of marine ecosystems.

23 Nov 2012 - 11:49am