I really wish I didn’t like shark fin soup so much. And shark fin dumplings. And pretty much anything shark fin.
As a kid, we took our family vacations snorkeling and scuba diving in the blue waters of South East Asia, so marine life has a special place in my heart. I’m horrified by fishermen’s practice of hacking off the fins of sharks, then setting the sharks free to drown, finless. But the problem is. . . it. . . tastes. . .so. . . good. Gah! I mean, the fins aren’t supposed to even taste of anything, right? So how is it that anything sharks fin is so damn tasty?
So I was really taken aback and encouraged when I recently read that in Hong Kong, the city where people are known to eat anything and everything, a growing number of people are taking a stand against sharks fin. Sharks fin! The beloved Chinese delicacy, the dish that represents exquisiteness, the dish that you always have at any wedding or celebration. Perhaps we Chinese people aren’t completely heartless about what we eat after all.
“I saw the cruelty in shark slaughtering in online videos. The way the fish is dumped back into the water — it is just inhumane,” Steven Leung said.
Steven and his wife, Sylvia Cheung, decided to omit sharks fin soup from their traditional 13-course Chinese wedding banquet.
“Shark fin is not a necessity at banquets, as long as guests are well-treated and there is good food,” said Cheung. “We have great substitutes for the soup that are equally as prestigious and exquisite.”
As a hopeless foodie, my love for yummy often trumps all. But, after reading about how my fellow Hong Kongers are taking a stand, I think this may be one instance in which I’ll have to do what’s right over what tastes good.