Dead Shark Fin Soup: What Comes Around Keeps Coming Around

posted by admin @ 18:46 PM
October 24, 2011

 Over a year ago, we and other blogging sites, lit up the internet with stories against the world-wide habit of slicing the fins off of live sharks––in order to make Shark Fin Soup––and then throwing the suffering animals back in the oceans.
 
 That soup is a mainstay in Asian, Pacific Ocean and Latin American countries, particularly in China.  It is also a delicacy in Asian restaurants and grocery stores in the United States.  The fins are claimed to be medicinal as well.

 This month, California banned  the sale, purchase and possession of shark fins.  To lessen outcries from Asian-American populations in that state, the bill allows restaurants to serve any remaining stock of shark fin products.  The bill also permits the continuance of conventional shark fishing in California.

 On a federal level, President Obama signed new laws to tighten a long-standing ban against shark fining in federal waters.  Hawaii, Oregon, Washington states and the Guam territory already ban the practice of shark fining.

 When signing the ban against shark fin killing and soup serving, California Governor Brown said:  “Researchers estimate that some shark populations have declined by more than 90 percent, portending grave threats to our environment and commercial fishing. In the interest of future generations, I have signed this bill. . .  The practice of cutting the fins off of living sharks and dumping (the carcass) back in the ocean is not only cruel, but it harms the health of our oceans.”
 
 Greg Lucas wrote for Reuters earlier this month:  “The lucrative market for shark fin, which can sell for upwards of $600 per pound, has increased the practice of “finning.”  A bowl of shark fin soup sells for as much as $ 350 each, when in fact the fins, which are usually dried, don’t add flavor, merely texture to the soup!

 Likewise, Michael Winter, entered a piece late last week in USA Today titled “2,000 Sharks Slaughtered For Fins Off Columbia.”  At least 10 fishing trawlers bearing the Costa Rican flag left thousands of hammerhead, galapagos and whale shark carcasses in the Malpelo, waters trawlers illegally entered in the first place.   Columbia and Costa Rica promise stiff prosecution of these lawbreakers.

 While many Asian-Americans label California’s ban racist, sharkfriends.com and other sites claim that shark fining is killing an estimated 100 to 200 million sharks a year.  At that rate these animals will soon be extinct.  Those who shout racism, claim that not one shark is as yet on the endangered species list.

 My point is, at Earth End-New Beginning, we have been through all of this before, and, now that Chinese and other Asians have more money to spend for delicacies, shark fin fishing has only gotten worse.  Apparently––like tiger farms, poaching elephants for tusks, and pushing carbon poison into the air––man’s law cannot stop such greed.  Only God’s law can.  Thus, I join Apostle John in Bible prophecies, who cries, even so come quickly LORD Jesus (Revelation 22: 12)!

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