Stop selling shark fin soup!
Launched: 13 June 2019
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Sharks are not common in Hong Kong waters, but as the top predators of the ocean, their lives are tied to our city. Hong Kong is the world's largest center for the trade of shark fins, handling about 40 percent of the global trade each year.
The number of different shark species is declining dramatically, seriously affecting our Marine ecosystems: sharks are top predators in the Marine food chain and are important for balancing the numbers of other predators. South African seals, for example, are prey for great white sharks, which keep their numbers low and prevent them from overusing local Marine resources. Unfortunately, as many as 100 million sharks are killed every year. A quarter of the world's cartilaginous fish, including sharks, are threatened with extinction. Because sharks take a long time to reach sexual maturity (10 years or more!) Their extinction risk is much higher than that of most other vertebrates.
One of the main reasons why the global shark fishery never stops is the huge market for shark fins served at Chinese banquets. However, shark fin products from sustainable shark fisheries are not yet available and the current demand for shark fin is so high that the traceability of shark products is questionable. Therefore, the most effective and direct way to save sharks is to stop eating shark fin and refuse to buy any shark products. Every decision matters.
It is estimated that over 100 million sharks are killed every year and Tao Heung is one of Hong Kong's LARGEST restaurant groups with over 80 restaurants in Hong Kong AND 80 in mainland China still serving shark fin soup.
The company has resisted the trend in Hong Kong to drop shark fin soup from their set menus, ignoring the will of many Hong Kong people who are against this cruel, unsustainable and out-dated tradition.
Is Tao Heung going to wait until sharks go extinct before it admits that there is a problem?
Tao Heung has a firm corporate responsibility to end this cruel and unsustainable practice to save sharks and our oceans by immediately removing shark fin soup from all its menus, especially its set menus. Just as Hong Kong consumers have a responsibility to stop eating shark fin, restaurant groups like Tao Heung also have an equal corporate responsibility to stop selling it.
If you feel as strongly about this issue as HKSF does, please kindly
1. sign this petition AND
2. send the decision makers an email telling them what you think!
Chairman Chung Wai-Ping email@example.com
Joanne Choi, Media firstname.lastname@example.org
Hong Kong Shark Foundation