One of the practices I hate the most is shark finning.
It is the cruel practice of removing the fins of a shark and then tossing it back into the ocean for it to slowly drown to its death, as it is unable to swim without its fins.
The worst part is that they commit such cruel acts for a few fins that do not serve much purpose other than as a status symbol.
Shark fins are basically cartilage, so they do not taste like anything. Whatever you taste in your sharks’ fins soup is the soup, even if the sharks’ fin were to be removed, the taste would not be any different.
In fact, research has shown that sharks’ fins are so high in mercury that it is bad for pregnant woman and children to consume sharks’ fins. The entire nutritional value of a bowl of sharks’ fin is about that of a vegetable soup.
So besides the senseless use of sharks’ fin as a status symbol, why should we save them?
Sharks are apex predators, so once removed from the food web, there will be a domino effect. As predators, sharks keep other populations in check. Without sharks, there will be over population of their prey and research has shown that the domino effect caused can even lead to the degradation of entire coral reef systems.
Sharks are vital to our ecosystem. I have not consumed sharks’ fin soup since ten years ago and I hope that after reading this post, you will stop consuming it too because only when the demand stops, can the supply stop as well.
Here’s a good documentary about sharks called Shark Water. You can check out the trailer at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5fObF_CCYc