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Amazon.com sells shark fin soup

Discussion in 'Good Causes, Petitions and Solicitations' started by Rocha, Jan 1, 2007.

  1. Rocha

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  3. Azotino

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    I'm not going to buy anything any more from Amazon, if they sale shark fins...............no more words, no more comments.
    I'm going to send a email to Amazon.....................
     
  4. Azotino

    Azotino Solo Diver

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    Check if the store doesn't have live mice running around............:D
     
  5. RoyN

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    Tasted Shark fin soup several years ago. The thing is tasteless and utterly worthless and in my mind is "why the hell are they killing sharks just to make this stupid soup?" And they say it helps cramps? Ha! I got the cramps right away from sitting on the table and that didn't help. Otherwise the soup tasted like jello, might as well go use jello instead of shark fin and that not to mention, they could use lime, orange or pink and instead of calling it pink, call it salmon color :). Other then that, I wanted my money back too. Just my 2 cent rant.
     
  6. Rocha

    Rocha Angel Fish

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    Believe it or not, here is the reason (copied and pasted from the product page at Amazon):

    "Roland Sharkfin Soup with crab meat is made out of the finest sharkfin. Reputed to be an aphrodisiac, this expensive delicacy is actually the cartilage of the shark's dorsal fin, pectoral fin and the lower portion of the tail fin."

    I guess people that buy this never heard of Viagra.
     
  7. cdreamer

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    On board! Just sent my 2nd email and will be staying tuned in.
     
  8. fisherdvm

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    Why are we up in arms about shark fin soup? I am a little ignorant here. Is it from the destructive killing of the sharks for fins, and throwing the critters back into the sea dying??

    I remember going deep sea fishing off the coast of oregon about 15 years ago. The crew would unhook all the fishes for us. About 1 out of every 4 caught were small "dogfish" or small shark. They would whack the shark in the head, half dead, before throwing them back in the sea to die.

    They did the same for mackerels - which I thought was a waste. Why can't these guys just let the mackerels go free??

    I am not well read in the ecology of the sea, but pleas fill me in more about the shark fin industry.
     
  9. Rocha

    Rocha Angel Fish

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    This article is very informative:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shark_fin_soup

    In a nutshell, millions of sharks are killed every year to make fin soup (one shark makes about 5 bowls of soup, millions are consumed). They reproduce and grow a lot slower than your usual jack (jacks lay thousands of eggs every few months, sharks give birth to 5-10 live pups once a year). If fishing continues on the rise like it is now there will be no sharks left soon.
     
  10. Oceana Diver

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    The demand for shark fins is growing, as Asian countries become more economically developed. As I understand it, serving shark fin soup is essentially a display of wealth in many Asian cultures, and as more people in that part of the world become wealthier, they want to indulge in a little status symbol, kinda like buying a luxury car when you've finally gotten that great raise or new job.

    Up to 73 million sharks are killed every year to support the international shark fin market, threatening already overexploited shark populations around the world. And millions more are accidentally caught as bycatch. The US actually allows finning, but the weight of fins harvested must be no more than 5% of the total shark catch (in other words, they have to bring the bodies in as well). At-sea dumping is illegal. Plus, once a shark's fins are removed, it's difficult to ID it, as fins are used to tell shark species apart. And of course, certain species of sharks are more threatened than others.

    Sharks are slow-growing and long-lived animals, and often their populations cannot bounce back from the incredible fishing pressure placed upon them for their fins. In fact, one-fifth of all shark species are considered threatened with extinction according to the World Conservation Union’s (IUCN) 2006 Red List of Threatened Species.
     

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