Target: Mr. Wong Chi-kong, Director of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department of Hong Kong
Goal: Commend the Hong Kong government for taking shark fin off menus for official banquets
Hong Kong, the largest hub for international trade of shark fins, has announced that it will no longer serve shark fin soup at official functions. The so-called delicacy is considered a necessary item at extravagant banquets, which has increased demand for the fins to a dangerous level for shark populations. By making the decision to ban shark fin from the menu, Hong Kong is sending an important message to consumers about the moral implications of shark finning.
Shark finning is a cruel practice in which fishermen cut the fin off of a shark and, in most instances, toss the shark back into the ocean, defenseless and unable to swim properly. Without their fins, sharks sink to the ocean floor, where they either suffocate or get eaten by predators. As many as 100 million sharks are estimated to be killed by the practice of shark finning every year.
As the world’s largest center for the shark fin trade, Hong Kong brings in about fifty percent of the total trade globally. This relationship between shark fin and Hong Kong’s economy makes its decision to stop serving shark fin especially significant, giving preference to morals over materials. Furthermore, the ban targets the top consumers, making it a strategic move that will make a positive impact on the shark population.
Hong Kong has made an important decision in putting environmental protection and animal rights above economic and material status. Their move to take shark fin soup off menus generates awareness for consumers that the inhumane practice of shark finning must stop. Commend Hong Kong for taking this cruel food item off its menus.
Dear Mr. Wong,
The Hong Kong government’s decision to take shark fin soup off the menu at official functions is a great step toward the protection of the shark population. As the world’s largest hub for the shark fin trade, Hong Kong is in a unique position to give this decision meaning. Instead of keeping demand for a cruel commodity high, you are sending a message to consumers that the welfare of our environment comes before economic gain.
Shark finning is a despicable practice that has led to the imminent endangerment of the shark population. By targeting the top consumers of shark fin, the Hong Kong government is helping to ease that endangerment. We commend you for removing shark fin soup from your menus.
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