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How do you feel about shark fin soup?

By johnboy - 16 February 2012 79

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A friend sent me a link to the Canberra Restaurants named as selling shark fin soup with this note:

Hokay, I don’t normally post these sorts of things, but shark fin soup is whack and this website provides a list of restaurants in Canberra (and all of Australia) that actually sell it. Sharks are amazing animals, critical to aquatic ecosystem functioning and, as a SCUBA diver, I need all the good shark karma I can get. Rather than just not eating at these restaurants, I recommend if you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and tell them WHY you’re not eating there!

The restaurants are: Happys Chinese Restaurant (Civic), King Fook Restaurant (Florey), Noble Palace Chinese Restaurant (Phillip), Prince Palace Chinese Restaurant (Emu Bank), Ruby Chinese Restaurant (Dickson).

While I’m not a fan of killing sharks just for their fins I’m not convinced eating fins is ethically that different to eating any other part of a fish. What do you think?

[Photo by StormyDog CC BY 2.0]

What’s Your opinion?


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79 Responses to
How do you feel about shark fin soup?
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Thumper 2:38 pm
16 Feb 12
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neanderthalsis said :

poetix said :

As I endlessly post here, I’m a vegetarian, but I’d rather eat foie gras than this stuff. At least the Frenchies aren’t totally depleting the oceans of their top predators, and throwing the whole ecosystem out of whack.

I’ve know a few geese that fit into the top predator category, including one that made a very large mastiff/ridge-back cross pigging dog make a very hasty retreat.

I have a duck that attacks people.

Seriously.

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Disinformation 3:34 pm
16 Feb 12
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Thumper said :

I have a duck that attacks people.

Seriously.

When this duck savages a small child or pensioner, this post will be evidence that you knew that your duck was a menace and did nothing about it.

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Gungahlin Al 3:36 pm
16 Feb 12
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A truly horrible practice that also screws up the natural order.
Agree that you can’t pick sustainable from cruel so the only solution is to boycott it altogether.

On a related issue, is anyone else bothered to see the fish shop in the Canberra Centre selling Orange Roughies? This is a massively overfished resource with individuals living to 150 years and not even starting to breed until about 25.

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Mysteryman 3:41 pm
16 Feb 12
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qbngeek said :

Mysteryman said :

I agree. But honestly, this issue doesn’t rank too highly on my list of concerns.

And that is the issue. Too many people think exactly like you and nothing ever changes. It takes about 5 minutes to write a letter and send it to all your local members of the assembly and federal parliament. Are you really that busy?

Its the same a people who go ‘I don’t care where the food comes from as long as I can get it at Colesworths’ Spend a cuple of hours each weekend going to the farmers markets, find sources of local products and decrese your footprint on the world. When you have seen how much better the food is, you will see why it is right.

I didn’t say I was too busy. I said it doesn’t rank highly on my list of concerns. Essentially, I don’t care enough about the issue to spend my time on it. Whether you like it or not, that’s the way it is.

Don’t think that just because you want to support something, the rest of us should have to also. You are more than welcome to be anti-shark fin soup, anti-whaling, anti supermarket food, anti-whatever you want. I would encourage it, even. There are many causes worth supporting and it’s your right as an Australian so make every legal effort to change the things you don’t like. We need people to care about things like this. But don’t expect that everyone should jump on board with you. Your crusade is not everyone’s. Some of us find our efforts focussed on other things. Some people probably don’t even agree with you. They probably don’t care where their food comes from. That’s ok too. They have a right not to care. It doesn’t make their opinions any less important than yours, and it doesn’t make your cause any less meaningful or worthwhile.

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Thumper 3:47 pm
16 Feb 12
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Gungahlin Al said :

A truly horrible practice that also screws up the natural order.
Agree that you can’t pick sustainable from cruel so the only solution is to boycott it altogether.

On a related issue, is anyone else bothered to see the fish shop in the Canberra Centre selling Orange Roughies? This is a massively overfished resource with individuals living to 150 years and not even starting to breed until about 25.

Yeah, Flannery wrote about the Orange Roughie in his book the Future Eaters.

Good example of how we are tampering with nature and really have no idea what will happen.

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Jim Jones 3:55 pm
16 Feb 12
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Mysteryman said :

qbngeek said :

Mysteryman said :

I agree. But honestly, this issue doesn’t rank too highly on my list of concerns.

And that is the issue. Too many people think exactly like you and nothing ever changes. It takes about 5 minutes to write a letter and send it to all your local members of the assembly and federal parliament. Are you really that busy?

Its the same a people who go ‘I don’t care where the food comes from as long as I can get it at Colesworths’ Spend a cuple of hours each weekend going to the farmers markets, find sources of local products and decrese your footprint on the world. When you have seen how much better the food is, you will see why it is right.

I didn’t say I was too busy. I said it doesn’t rank highly on my list of concerns. Essentially, I don’t care enough about the issue to spend my time on it. Whether you like it or not, that’s the way it is.

Don’t think that just because you want to support something, the rest of us should have to also. You are more than welcome to be anti-shark fin soup, anti-whaling, anti supermarket food, anti-whatever you want. I would encourage it, even. There are many causes worth supporting and it’s your right as an Australian so make every legal effort to change the things you don’t like. We need people to care about things like this. But don’t expect that everyone should jump on board with you. Your crusade is not everyone’s. Some of us find our efforts focussed on other things. Some people probably don’t even agree with you. They probably don’t care where their food comes from. That’s ok too. They have a right not to care. It doesn’t make their opinions any less important than yours, and it doesn’t make your cause any less meaningful or worthwhile.

You certainly spend a lot of time commenting on stuff you purportedly couldn’t care less about.

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SnapperJack 4:00 pm
16 Feb 12
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More crap from animal activists trying to force wimpy vegetarianism and veganism onto us.

Sharks are a predator and dangerous to humans so the more that are killed the better. The same applies to crocodiles.

Every time animal activists open their mouths they should be either ignored or viciously slapped down.

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poetix 4:02 pm
16 Feb 12
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Gungahlin Al said :

… not even starting to breed until about 25.

So you don’t see many of them in Gungahlin then?

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colourful sydney rac 4:06 pm
16 Feb 12
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SnapperJack said :

More crap from animal activists trying to force wimpy vegetarianism and veganism onto us.

Sharks are a predator and dangerous to humans so the more that are killed the better. The same applies to crocodiles.

Every time animal activists open their mouths they should be either ignored or viciously slapped down.

obvious troll is obvious.

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Mysteryman 4:11 pm
16 Feb 12
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Jim Jones said :

Mysteryman said :

qbngeek said :

Mysteryman said :

I agree. But honestly, this issue doesn’t rank too highly on my list of concerns.

And that is the issue. Too many people think exactly like you and nothing ever changes. It takes about 5 minutes to write a letter and send it to all your local members of the assembly and federal parliament. Are you really that busy?

Its the same a people who go ‘I don’t care where the food comes from as long as I can get it at Colesworths’ Spend a cuple of hours each weekend going to the farmers markets, find sources of local products and decrese your footprint on the world. When you have seen how much better the food is, you will see why it is right.

I didn’t say I was too busy. I said it doesn’t rank highly on my list of concerns. Essentially, I don’t care enough about the issue to spend my time on it. Whether you like it or not, that’s the way it is.

Don’t think that just because you want to support something, the rest of us should have to also. You are more than welcome to be anti-shark fin soup, anti-whaling, anti supermarket food, anti-whatever you want. I would encourage it, even. There are many causes worth supporting and it’s your right as an Australian so make every legal effort to change the things you don’t like. We need people to care about things like this. But don’t expect that everyone should jump on board with you. Your crusade is not everyone’s. Some of us find our efforts focussed on other things. Some people probably don’t even agree with you. They probably don’t care where their food comes from. That’s ok too. They have a right not to care. It doesn’t make their opinions any less important than yours, and it doesn’t make your cause any less meaningful or worthwhile.

You certainly spend a lot of time commenting on stuff you purportedly couldn’t care less about.

I care about being understood. You should care more about reading comprehension.

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Tooks 4:21 pm
16 Feb 12
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SnapperJack said :

More crap from animal activists trying to force wimpy vegetarianism and veganism onto us.

Sharks are a predator and dangerous to humans so the more that are killed the better. The same applies to crocodiles.

Every time animal activists open their mouths they should be either ignored or viciously slapped down.

The key to successful trolling is not being ridiculously obvious about it.

On topic: Having seen footage of shark fins being obtained, I’m against it.

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dundle 4:33 pm
16 Feb 12
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Arguably it’s ethically worse because the fin is usually taken and the shark is thrown back to die slowly or whatever. Compared to the whole animal having no chance and all being eaten.

Mind you, I find it ethically easier to avoid all meat and fish. There are a lot of problems with fishing in particular ,like bycatch (which, again, is often thrown back injured to die slowly – stuff like turtles, seals, dolphins etc)
:-(

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Jim Jones 5:16 pm
16 Feb 12
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Mysteryman said :

Jim Jones said :

Mysteryman said :

qbngeek said :

Mysteryman said :

I agree. But honestly, this issue doesn’t rank too highly on my list of concerns.

And that is the issue. Too many people think exactly like you and nothing ever changes. It takes about 5 minutes to write a letter and send it to all your local members of the assembly and federal parliament. Are you really that busy?

Its the same a people who go ‘I don’t care where the food comes from as long as I can get it at Colesworths’ Spend a cuple of hours each weekend going to the farmers markets, find sources of local products and decrese your footprint on the world. When you have seen how much better the food is, you will see why it is right.

I didn’t say I was too busy. I said it doesn’t rank highly on my list of concerns. Essentially, I don’t care enough about the issue to spend my time on it. Whether you like it or not, that’s the way it is.

Don’t think that just because you want to support something, the rest of us should have to also. You are more than welcome to be anti-shark fin soup, anti-whaling, anti supermarket food, anti-whatever you want. I would encourage it, even. There are many causes worth supporting and it’s your right as an Australian so make every legal effort to change the things you don’t like. We need people to care about things like this. But don’t expect that everyone should jump on board with you. Your crusade is not everyone’s. Some of us find our efforts focussed on other things. Some people probably don’t even agree with you. They probably don’t care where their food comes from. That’s ok too. They have a right not to care. It doesn’t make their opinions any less important than yours, and it doesn’t make your cause any less meaningful or worthwhile.

You certainly spend a lot of time commenting on stuff you purportedly couldn’t care less about.

I care about being understood. You should care more about reading comprehension.

Nothing wrong with my comprehension.

Still somewhat stunned you’d spend so much time ‘being understood’ about an issue that ‘doesn’t rank highly on your list of concerns’.

What’s next, a lengthy essay in Quadrant magazine about how the land rights debate ‘doesn’t really interest me that much’?

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Jim Jones 5:18 pm
16 Feb 12
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Perhaps you could write a lengthy dissertation about how knowledge or animal rights is dangerous because it conflicts with people’s “right not to care”.

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willo 5:23 pm
16 Feb 12
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It is illegal in every australian fishery to cut shark fins off and throw the shark back
It is very annoying for anyone to tell people what they should or should not eat
if you dont like sharkfin soup do not eat it, but dont tell me not to, now pissoff and start discussing something that actually matters

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