Shark fin protest on Chinese NY
- Published: 10 Feb 2013 at 21.11
- Online news:
Animal rights advocates launched a nation-wide campaign against the sale and consumption of shark fins on Sunday as celebrations to mark Chinese New Year continue with huge banquets which traditionally serve the controversial delicacy.
The campaign dubbed "Fin Free Thailand" aims to encourage more businesses to ban shark fin soup and advises consumers to refrain from eating the dish by drawing attention to the environmental impact and health risks.The launch took place at Banyan Tree Hotel in Bangkok which was among the first businesses in Thailand to ban shark fins. "It breaks my heart that up to 73 million sharks are brutally harvested each year just so their fins can end up in soup bowls of the rich and wealthy. Such a waste, such a tragic loss," said actress and avid diver Cindy Burbridge Bishop, an ambassador for the campaign.Shark fin soup has been identified as a serious health risk for humans. Mrs Bishop, citing the World Health Organisation, said one bowl of shark fin soup contains dangerous levels of mercury. Ingestion of mercury has been linked to numerous health problems, including reproductive and foetal development complications.The campaign ambassador called on consumers to help take shark fin soup off the menus of local hotels and restaurants by signing the Fin...
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