SAFAR

Student Alliance for Animal Rights

Three chain hotels in China promised to stop serving shark fin soups as demanded by Chinese activists

Translated by Yanling Lin; Proofread by Xiaoye Xu

December 22nd, 2011, under the call of Tecent, an equivalent to MSN, hundreds of media and non-government organizations in the realm of environment and animal welfare got together to advocate the proposal of “no shark fin on dinner table in Chinese New Year Eve.”

A famous CCTV host Zhang Yue, representatives from animal welfare organizations, and managers from Hangzhou Huanglong hotel and Beijing Jinding Xuan restaurant attended the meeting, promising that from the day on, they would say NO to shark-fin consumption, and would positively influence people around them.

As the end of the year was approaching, in the parties and get-togethers held by governments, companies, and organizations, shark fin is considered as “a must”  on the dinner table. However, nowadays, people from all walks of life agreed that it was the time to oppose to shark-fin consumption as the cruelty behind the industry was revealed by global activists and made known to many concerned citizens. Every year, shark fin trade leads to the tragic death of 73 million sharks and half of the shark species on the planet are endangered now. Therefore, no time can be wasted to save sharks.

Tecent charity foundation’s vise secretary Wang Qi said that he hoped that more restaurants and hotels would join together to stop selling shark fins. No trade, no slaughter.

Liu Huili, investigator from Green Beagle, held a public speech about the urgency to stop shark fin consumption in China

Shark fin soup, which is considered as a luxury treat on the dinner table, gradually gains attention from concerned citizens from all walks of life .

2011. Yao and British tycoon Richard Branson made an appeal Thursday in Shanghai against the consumption of shark fins to a group of 30 of China’s richest and most influential businesspeople. (AP Photo)

 

Sources of pictures:

http://www.wildjunket.com/2009/01/23/reunion-dinner-on-chinese-new-years-eve/

http://www.yohanibrahim.com/blog/say-no-to-shark-fin-soup-this-chinese-new-year

http://www.hjenglish.com/new/p188457/

http://news.qq.com/a/20111223/001006.htm

6 responses to “Three chain hotels in China promised to stop serving shark fin soups as demanded by Chinese activists

  1. Sheila Gredzinski February 25, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Job well done! Thanks to the hotels also for ending their support of the awful massacre xo

  2. Alicia Laruccia February 28, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    ONE STEP AT A TIME, WE NEED BETTER ANIMAL CRUELTY LEGISLATION TO PROTECT OUR ANIMALS FOR ABUSERS.

  3. Gunilla Cross March 2, 2012 at 5:52 AM

    The cruelty in China against animal, not only sharks, but dogs cats (skinned alive) there is no end to the cruelty that goes on in China. This is now being spread, via Facebook, all over the worl including hrribles pictures. We have sent letters to your different Embassies without any replay. The next stop is to start a boycott against all Chinese. We we also send our material to the different Tourist Organizations. In other words, a finacial attack, that hurts.
    Gunilla.

  4. Gunilla Cross March 2, 2012 at 5:55 AM

    Sorry, wrote this in a rush. I meant a boycott against all Chinese goods and we are trying ti influence the Tourist Trade to be a part of this.
    again Gunilla

  5. Jude Price April 10, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    Gunilla – I think it is better if we support young Chinese activists and the growing movement for animal welfare than be oppositional, old style anger and boycott etc. i didn’t always think that way – but I am very heartened to read and see fantastic work such as SAFAR is highlighting. people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. the Western World raises and kills BILLIONS of animals every year, pigs, cows, sheep, chicken, ducks… to eat their body parts. So if we are to truly create a compassionate world, we need also to be compassionate and supportive to one another as well as the animals we seek to help. Good on SAFAR and all of you associated in this mission.

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