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  • Dec 10, 2008
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Shark Fin Soup is another barbaric tradition that results in the slaughtering of thousands of innocent creatures every year. Sharks, which date from the time of dinosaurs, are killed just for a single part of their body that goes into the soup. Like Spanish bullfighting, this tradition can be eradicated if we stop patronizing it!

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December 10, 2008
Yeah I hear ya. It's kind of like how I wouldn't mind seeing a bullfight but I'm against killing the bull at the end. Well, I suppose you could go see one in southern France (they don't kill the bull in French bullfights). Life is complicated, as you can tell!
June 04, 2009
Wow, eye opening review. Reminds of foie gras, which I just reviewed.
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Quick Tip by . March 13, 2010
posted in Gourmand
Completely morally opposed to this soup.
Quick Tip by . January 16, 2010
The most expensive soup found in many Chinese restaurants in Singapore, Hong Kong & Thailand. It is a delicacy and very popular for Chinese.
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Shark fin soup is an Asian delicacy served in many Chinese restaurants. The fins are dried and sometimes soaked in hydrogen peroxide to improve its color before being shredded and cooked in the soup. In the U.S., shark fin soup is still considered more of a delicacy and normally only served during special occasions such as wedding banquets.  However, in Asia, shark fin soup has become a more common treat for even the middle class on a regular basis.  This spike in demand for shark fins has sparked the controversy by many wildlife conservationist.

There has been a lot of controversy around shark fin soup due to the way the fishers get the fins.  Fishers will catch these sharks, cut off the fins (for the soup) and then throw the fish back into the water (essentially killing them because now they have no fin). The rest of the fish isn't used and because the amount of money they bring in wouldn't be worth it for the fishermen to waste boat space on.   Many organizations have recently been involved in trying to stop this trend and making the public more aware. 
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