Thursday, October 9, 2014

Video: AFP Report on the Cultural Demand for Shark Fin Soup

Demand for shark fin soup in hong kong is growing due to increased wealth
Serving shark fin soup 
Charlotte Turner, a South Asia correspondent for the Agence France-Presse (AFP), takes a look at the cultural demand for shark fin soup in Hong Kong.

For environmentalists, shark fin soup is considered to be possibly the worst food on the planet; however, for many older Chinese residents, the soup is considered to be he highlight of any meal.

Turner points out that soup is not only consumed for its supposed health boosting properties but ordering the dish is also a sign of one's wealth and status as a large bowl cost around $150USD. Some consider it to be highly disrespectful to dinner guests if the dish is not served.

There is some hope for the sharks as a growing number of younger Chinese are breaking with tradition and are boycotting the dish altogether because they feel finning is inhumane.  But this growing tide of resistance is being countered by a population with expanding wealth who can afford the highly prized soup more frequently.