Conservative MEPs led by the erudite Struan Stevenson will take on the might of the Spanish fishing fleet this week to ban the cruel practice of removing fins from the Mediterranean blue shark.
The World Conservation Council have announced that blue sharks are now an endangered species facing extinction because of the Chinese’s love of shark fin soup, which dates back 2,000 years.
Unfortunately, Disney does not share the same environmental scruples, thinking only in terms of mega bucks, and have refused to take it off the menu at their Hong Kong theme park.
A new international Shark Alliance group is hoping the Europe Union will end the barbaric practice of shark finning – slicing off a shark’s fins and discarding the body at sea. Numbers have declined by 80% over the last few decades. Scientists estimate that as many as 60 million sharks are killed each year, most of them destined for China for use in shark fin soup.
Fishing spokesman Straun said:
“The regulations need to be tightened. The Spanish need to recognise their responsibilities. They’re filling soup bowls in Chinese restaurants by killing one of the main species of European shark.”
Let’s hope we pass on this strong message to Disney too, they should not be permitted to trade in ways that threaten our endangered species.
I fail to understand why Disney should dish this up at weddings anyway as, despite reports of it being an aphrodisiac, it could instead cause male infertility, hardly the desired aim…
A lot more need to know about Disney’s activities; the thought of it being an aphrodisiac is a much a fairy story as Snow White.
The Indonesians do the same. They fish in our waters for shark and cut the fins off, then throw the live shark back into the water.
It is cruel, and wasteful.
The Australian Fishing concil have threatened to take matters into their own hands by shooting at the Indonsesians if the Navy cannot stop tem.
The Japanese do the same fishing for Whale on the basis of “scientific research”. All the whale meat ends up at the fish markets.
Utter disgrace 100%
It’s so shameful that still people resort to such cruel acts to satisfy their taste buds and wallets.It’s everybody’s responsibility including individuals and corporates to preserve the endangered species like blue sharks. I hope Disney understand its corporate responsibility.
The more I hear about how widespread this barbaric practice is the more I think it should be banned interantionally. Sharks need their fins for swimming, how do they survive without them if they are thrown back into the water alive? It must affect the way they live.
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