SHARK FIN SOUP IS BAD

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I can’t bear the ignorance any longer. Spread the facts: SHARK FIN SOUP IS BAD

Because travel is one of life’s greatest pleasures, I often watch the Travel Channel to travel vicariously when I’m not traveling myself. There’s a show that I find interesting for its glimpse into off-the-beaten-path cultures, but not so much for its main focus – the consumption of “bizarre” food. Unfortunately, a recent episode featured the show’s host eating a bowl of shark fin soup – and enjoying it. I didn’t see the episode, but I’m guessing he didn’t mention the plight of sharks while he slurped the soup and allegedly enjoyed it.

This is irresponsible on behalf of the Travel Channel and on behalf of the show’s producers and host. They passed up a perfect opportunity to advocate for sharks rather than contribute to their depletion by promoting the consumption of shark fin soup, which I hear doesn’t taste that great anyway. It’s a status thing. Ugh. Continue reading