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Hong Kong conservationists expressed outrage Thursday after images emerged of a factory rooftop covered in thousands of freshly sliced shark fins, as they called for curbs on the "barbaric" trade. The southern Chinese city is one of the world's biggest markets for shark fins, which are used to make soup that is an expensive staple at Chinese banquets and viewed by many Asians as a rare delicacy. Activist Gary Stokes who has visited the site estimated there are 15,000 to 20,000 fins being laid to dry on the rooftop on Hong Kong island ahead of an anticipated surge in demand over Lunar New Year in February this year. [Related: Slideshow: Anger as thousands of shark fins are left drying on Hong Kong rooftop] "This is shocking," the Hong Kong coordinator for conservation group Sea Shepherd told AFP, saying it was the first time that he has spotted such a massive hoarding of shark fins in one place in the Asian financial hub. "This is the most graphic, brutal and barbaric part of the industry -- the element of chopping a shark's fin off and throwing it back into the water is horrific and inhumane," he added. Stokes believed the large amount of shark fins were destined for China, and that traders moved to dry the shark fins on secluded rooftops instead of sidewalks -- as they have done in the past -- to avoid public anger.
Originally posted by Nyiah
Is there no edible or practical use for the rest of the shark?? Surely it has edible areas left going to waste, or parts that could be used somehow in other industries?
I'm not advocating shark fin soup (I think it sounds really gross, personally) but I have to wonder how much of the rest of the shark is going to total waste dying a unimaginable death for nothing but it's fins if it could be used in some other manner.
Originally posted by the2010apprentice
reply to post by goou111
Sharks play a very large part in maintaining our world wide eco system .
They are vital to the existence of the seas.