Archive for September, 2009

Shark Crime

Posted in Uncategorized on September 27, 2009 by koreanfoodcrime

Here’s the shark fin post. I’ve been not in the mood for blogging recently, but this shark fin business is a huge issue.

I’ve swam with sharks in Malaysia (the Perhentian Islands are wonderful) and despite their bad reputation most sharks are not interested in eating humans. Shark attacks are very rare and usually sharks go after weak and sick fish for their prey. They are beautiful and impressive creatures and need protection. I urge anyone who sees Shark’s Fin Soup on the menu to immediately leave the restaurant, tell the management why you’re going and say that you will be back as a customer in the future when they take the offending dish off the menu.

Jaws was a great movie, well at least the first one was, but sharks really aren’t very dangerous to humans. It’s a movie that is far removed from the reality of these beautiful and noble creatures. I think the real ‘terrorists’ of the sea are actually the arseholes who catch sharks, the wankers who make them into soup, and the dickhead customers who buy the soup.

Is an interesting site that makes for some truly depressing reading. Korea isn’t mentioned specifically, but pretty much any medium to top end Korean Chinese restaurant will have shark’s fin on the menu. Looking at the menus for all the international hotels in Seoul without exception they offer this ‘delicacy’.

I have eaten shark and I don’t have an issue with it, but the current 70.000.000 sharks a year killed purely for their fins is wasteful and completely unsustainable. I was speaking to a friend the other night and there are some streets in China where they sell nothing but shark fins! Catching a few sharks and eating them is not a problem, catching them ‘finning’ them and then throwing the body back to make more room on the fishing boat is a barbaric, nonsensical and wasteful practice.

The practice of catching a shark removing it’s fins and chucking the thing back in the sea is disgusting and must stop. Sharks are the apex predators of the sea and are absolutely vital to the health of our oceans. Koreans in general are completely ignorant of this fact and need to be informed.

This is an ecological and foodcrime of truly epic proportions.

Shark Soup? Just say no!