Sharks are cruelly harvested for their fins; they are wrangled out of the sea, definned and thrown back into the sea while still alive, to die. This is like chopping off the legs of cows and dumping them in the field to endure a slow and painful death. Therefore with such a wicked practice, there is nothing but bad karma for shark fins soup to be served at auspicious occasions. It is in fact a symbol of ignorance, cruelty and the senseless killing of majestic animals.
Chinese communities believe that shark fins have mystical powers and superlative gastronomic and aphrodisiac qualities. In truth there is no evidence of its gastronomical, mystical or health benefits. On the contrary, it is not even food; it is equivalent to finger nails and hair, but with a high concentration of mercury which is scientifically proven to cause ill health. The cruel culling of sharks for shark fins soup is fast depleting the shark population in the wild. Yet those in the shark fins trade, over decades, have successfully embedded the untruths as powerful beliefs in the Chinese mind, that even the poor at times, scrape the barrel to feast with this soup of lies and fallacies.
We appeal to hosts of birthdays, weddings, corporate, family dinners – to refrain from offering shark fins soup. If you are getting married soon, your enlightened choice to not serve shark fins will save the life of 30 to 40 sharks while, saving money for other more sensible and enjoyable luxuries. In the spiritual realm, your good deed is good karma for both wealth and good health.
Since 2007, Ocean Geographic has been offering wedding couples the ‘Double Joy Luck’ card and letter package to help with a polite explanation for not serving shark fins soup. To date 30,000 cards have been given out at over 300 weddings, equivalent to saving 1000 sharks.
The symbol of ‘Double Happiness’ is specially designed for you to be part of a growing fraternity of concerned stewards protecting our planet. Spread, the ‘No Shark Fins’ message to family, friends and corporations who will be hosting dinners and encourage them to contact us for the ‘Double Joy Luck’ card and letter package. There are far healthier and tastier alternatives. We need not be captives of ruthless and inconsiderate traders whose only goal is to empty our wallets. Write to info@OGSociety.org for the Double Joy Luck card and letter package and join the growing fold of concerned global citizens.
*The ‘Double Joy Luck’ Package is in constant need of funding to produce the cards; the program is supported by advertisers and Ocean Geographic SOS Funds. Make a donation to this program and you will be rewarded with a copy of the limited edition, “Heart of the Ocean” – Palm D’or winner at the 2009, World Festival of Underwater Pictures.
Article from Ocean Geographic – Ocean Watch