If it is not a problem for you that unguarded swimmers & poor kids without shark net in their swimming area got eaten by more & more sharks after shark fishing is banned world-wide, then we have no common point to argue about. I treasure one human life more than a shark. What is the point to talk about cruelty to shark when it also mercilessly devour its preys. The industries can be regulated to have more humane way of finning sharks such as bonking it like us on salmon, or shooting it like people do for large halibut.
To me, sharks have no right about all other ocean life forms which human prey for food, including your salmon, tuner, snapper, shrimps, halibut and numerous others. Why the heck shark has to be exempted from being harvested? If a shark is killed humanely, finned, and dumped overboard, it actually returns its nutrients to the sea life at large which it took from. It will benefit many bottom dwellers in the oceans. Shark fin is not just a delicacy for the Chinese. Its soft cartilage has been proven as a cancer fighting ingredient in consumption by many cancer sufferers, at least in Asia. Once I watched a TV documentary exploring the cancer fighting quality of shark's cartilage. It had two cancer cells in comparison. One cell got no treatment, and the microscope shows the cell multiplies with more blood vessels connecting to the tumorous cell. The other cell got droplets of shark cartilage extract. Amazingly, after treatment, the cancer cell shrank as the blood vessels fail to grow to supply the cancer cell with blood. It was jaw dropping to see the result. Go to health food store and explore this product if you or folks you know have cancer.
I don't have compassion on man eaters like shark. I don't trust all the science from these extreme groups. Haven't we seen the scientific data tampered or altered by some scientists bent on their drive for global warming. I just don't see sharks more endangered then whales, blue fin tuner, and I don't see the method of shark hunting killing zillions of by-catches like that done by the shrimp fleets. So why the heck Chinese will have to give up shark fin soup when the west can fish all they want & enjoy their delicacies. Asians often eat things westerners don't care a dime. Stop pushing us around what we can or cannot eat.
I personally don't even get to have shark fin soup once a year. It is only when you go to wedding banquet or so that you get to taste it. So it is not a big deal for me personnally to do without it. It is the idea that the extremist groups of the west pushing their extremist agenda on our culture that I object. Time has changed. China is not a push-over country like 100 years ago. Better take care your own turf before you step on ours. It is about time the West stop pushing their agenda on the East. Banning our ceremonial soup is an assault on our cultural practice. Can China ask the West to stop eating turkey for Easter? Can we even ask Canada to stop salmon farming, or excessive logging? These things continue to contribute degrading of the environment and endangering wild salmons. So these are not important issues and eating shark fin soups are? So much so that even our MPs, MLAs and city governments are wasting our tax money on it while they should be banging their heads on stopping all things which hurt the salmon. Go figure. I guess anti-shark-fin-soup is currently politically correct that politicians line up in drones for it.
I rest my case now. Further debate is meaningless. It all depends on where you stand. If you don't like the soup or it is not your cultural practice for eons of time, or if you buy the extremist groups' message, I can understand your position. While there are some Chinese or Asians are for banning the soup, the majority want their soup to stay. Most Chinese are upset that Gwai Lo are pushing their agendas down their throats while the west do so much environmental damages in the past & on going. It is unfair. I am with the majority of our culture. That is all I can say and no more comments forthcoming from me on this issue.