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)
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