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#21 Bingo

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 08:04 AM

Thats a good point I didnt think of, and am not fully educated about sharks but if what people are saying about the soup having no taste makes me wonder what the point is of eating it.

They say its for the texture, which resembles chewing on string. Not so good.

It increases one's qi. Better, buttoo much shark fin can cause sterility in men.


#22 aastra

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:05 PM

Anyone has the option of humanely raised chickens.

I'm not sure it's true that it would be possible to humanely raise enough chickens to slaughter 100 million+ of them every single day.

#23 sdwright.vic



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Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:34 PM

How did a discussion about Shark Fin Soup because a debate about every other animal on earth. So concerned about chickens start a thread about chickens.
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#24 Dimitrios

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 08:21 PM

There is an important distinction between hunting animals and animal husbandry/farming of animals, IMO.

Hunting animals generally involves killing them in their native habitat. I'm not sure why human ethics come into this - all animals in natural ecosystems live their lives as dictated by their fitness, environment, and random chance. Death, pain, injury, misery, and freedom are all parts of the natural world. IMO, sustainability and ecological integrity should generally determine the appropriateness of hunting practices.

I don't believe shark-finning to be ecologically responsible or culturally redeeming in any significant way, and would support a ban. I don't have any issue with causing pain or injury to sharks - after all, these are predator fish that can, and do, dismember or transect other animals (or swallow them whole) as part of their daily routine.

Farming involves raising animals in captivity, sometimes far from their native habitat, sometimes in a highly engineered facility. Sustainability is not usually as much of a factor (except in the very important interactions with ecosystems surrounding the facility, as in the case of fish farms or ranches). There are, I believe, important ethical considerations related to farming, and I agree with the concerns about chicken farms and such.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 10:13 PM

Speaking of insane endangered meals:

Francois Mitterand's Last Meal

The big difference here is that ortalan sounds delicious. Sharks fin soup sounds bland.


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#26 jonny

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:50 AM

Nobody could survive on a diet of shark fin soup. It has no vitamins, no minerals (unless you count mercury), very little calories and only exists as a traditional and very expensive dish to show off how wealthy your family is. It's a stupid, tasteless food that involves the inhumane dismembering and painful drowning death of millions of sharks each year. Many of the sharks that are finned are endangered or at risk species.

Chicken, beef and even pork, on the other hand, are staple foods that can form part of a cornerstone of a healthy, nutritious diet. There are no endangered chickens, cows or pigs that I'm aware of.

Comparing the two is idiotic.

#27 PulpVictor



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Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:03 PM

Does anyone think that chickens, turkeys, beef or pork have any resemblance to their wild ancestors? We have been raising animals for food for a very long time. It is sickening to think about how the conglomerates 'raise' animals, but we are carnivores. The shark fin soup is just one of many Asian cultural habits that Westerners consider just wrong: killing highly endangered sea turtles in order to bring more erections to Japanese males; killing bears for their organs and feet for ostensibly the same reason. I know I always come back to 'this is One World', because it is. The notion that one culture is more valuable or important than another, and must flourish at the expense of ALL must change.

#28 Szeven

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:15 PM

Haha.. I immediately watched Clarkson eat Ortolan right after reading that post the other day as well..

#29 todd

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Posted 07 February 2019 - 04:54 PM

70 babies found inside North Saanich... https://www.oakbayne...-saanich-shark/

#30 m3m

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Posted 08 February 2019 - 11:19 AM

70 babies found inside North Saanich... https://www.oakbayne...-saanich-shark/



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#31 todd

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Posted 08 February 2019 - 12:41 PM


F you just got that damn thing out of my head.

#32 Rob Randall

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Posted 20 May 2021 - 05:42 AM

A trading company based in Vancouver has been fined for importing hundreds of kilograms of shark fins from a threatened species.

A statement from Environment and Climate Change Canada says Kiu Yick Trading Company has been ordered to pay $60,000 for importing 434 kilograms of shark fins.




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