The New Zealand Government is lagging behind many other countries in dealing with the unsustainable practice of shark-finning. A whole host of states have not only banned shark finning, but also the possession and sale of shark fins and shark fin soup.
If the Government won’t act, you can exercise your consumer power to not eat shark fin soup or choose not to eat in restaurants that serve it.
We’ve conducted an extensive nationwide survey to help you use your consumer power. The survey showed around one third of Chinese restaurants in New Zealand were willing to sell shark fin soup with no concern for how their ingredients had been caught.
Internationally, 73 million sharks are killed annually for their fins. In many cases, the shark is still alive while being finned. This is a well-documented issue that I’ve blogged on before. Sharks are fearsome predators but don’t stand a chance against our industrial fishing fleets.
Would you eat shark fin soup?