Thursday, August 12, 2010
Shark-Fin Soup and the Conservation Challenge
To read an article at the Time.com website
which discusses the loss of shark species due to the human desire
to eat shark-fin soup, please click on the link above. Unfortunately, the author of the
article has consumed shark-fin soup in the past and in her article also indicates that
she consumed more shark-fin soup after she wrote the article, because the soup has
become a tradition and to decline eating it is insulting to the hosts. Well, in response
to this idea, I saw that human behavior can change if people want to change,and
if a person tells a host of a dinner or party the reason(s) why they do not want to
eat shark fin soup anymore,then this can serve as a catalyst to change the behavior of large groups of people who have come to view eating shark fin soup as a tradition!
What is really amazing to me is that according to the website:
http://environmentalcrime.com/Tasteless_Soup_.html, sharkfin soup is Tasteless!
This makes it even more disgusting to kill thousands of sharks each year! In addition
to this according to the website: http://jtwinenow.blogspot.com/2008/10/fung-fin-shark-soup-neodada-art-talk.html
"Shark fin soup is erroneously considered an aphrodisiac or regarded as beneficial to one's health, although studies have shown no healthful benefits. Ironically, the methods used to prepare shark fin soup reduce the water content of the fin, which concentrates numerous chemical impurities. Shark fins studied at the University of Hong Kong contained 5.84 parts per million (ppm) of mercury, compared to a maximum permitted level of 0.5 ppm. The high presence of mercury was confirmed in independent tests conducted by two state-related labs in Thailand, and the findings are also reflected in US, Australian, and New Zealand governmental reports."
"In plain English, this means that eating shark fins could render men sterile due to the high mercury content." (also see:http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/05/international/americas/05sharks.html?_r=1)
So, eating shark-fin soup could be hazardous to the consumer's health, which ironically could be a very good reason for not eating it any more!
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Thoughts worth thinking about
Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia
A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed
Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein
The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi
The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller
Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns
Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama
Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw
Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165
The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.