Disney is being unfairly victimised over its decision to sell shark's fin soup at its Hong Kong theme park and would be a 'laughing stock' if it did not offer the dish at Chinese banquets, according to a legislator and the head of a restaurant trade organisation. The pair came to the defence of the US entertainment giant after it was this week lambasted by the World Wide Fund for Nature, Greenpeace and other green groups for including the controversial dish on the menu at the Disneyland hotel. Conservationists say Disney should set an example by refusing to serve shark's fin soup, the production of which they say threatens vulnerable shark populations and promotes finning - the practice whereby sharks have their fins cut off and are then thrown back into the water to die. Tommy Cheung Yu-yan, the legislator representing the catering sector, said: 'I don't believe sharks are an endangered species. Some species of shark may be, but not all shark fins comes from certain species - there are a lot of species that are plentiful. 'I am not aware why people are making so much fuss about Disney. Many restaurants are serving shark's fin soup so why pick on Disney? ... They can sell whatever they like provided it is legal. 'Chinese tradition is that you put shark's fin on the table,' he said. 'If you don't, you are not respecting the guests you invite. It's a matter of face.' David Ng Tak-leung, president of the Hong Kong Federation of Restaurants and Related Trades, said people holding wedding banquets could be made to seem a laughing stock if they did not include items such as shark's fin on the menu. 'This is the traditional culture of Chinese people and you can't say it is right or it is wrong,' he said. 'No Chinese banquet would be complete without shark's fin soup. It's a dish that dates back maybe hundreds of years. You must treat your guests properly.' A Disney spokeswoman said the firm would stick by its decision to serve shark's fin out of sensitivity for local cultures, despite appeals from green groups to take it off the menu.