Chiang Mai school asked to remove shark fin from menu

Chiang Mai school asked to remove shark fin from menu

Montfort College School in Chiang Mai should remove shark fin soup from the menu to be served at the school's annual party next month, says a green advocate.

The president of the Lanna Bird and Nature Conservation Club, Rungsrit Kanjanavanit, says he backs the concerns of a school parent who wrote to him saying she was disappointed in the decision to include shark fin on the menu, as it encourages animal cruelty.

The mother said the school was preparing to offer shark fin with crab meat and scallops in red soup, to be served at 260 tables during the annual reunion dinner on Dec 22-23.

Dr Rungsrit, also an environmental activist, said shark fin soup is no longer fashionable. Many airlines and hotels refuse to include the traditional Chinese delicacy on their menus.

The school should remove it from its menu as a good example to society, he said.

Dr Rungsrit said the complainant is the mother of three children at the school. She told him in the letter the school should avoid encouraging cruelty against the shark population.

She said sharks are not food for human beings and their fins have no extra nutrition compared to other kinds of food.

"I don't want to see the school's party as part of a vicious circle that kills sharks and destroys the marine ecological system," she said.

Dr Rungsrit said the mother also wrote to the school to pass on her concerns. Its executives had replied thanking her for her concerns and said they would consider the matter. No word was given on whether other parents have complained.

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