China, including Taiwan and Hong Kong, consumes 95% of the world's shark fin soup trade, which has been attributed to decimating shark populations around the globe. Recently, the states of California, home to the largest shark fin soup market outside of Asia, and Hawaii have banned restaurants from serving shark fin soup, a move that many Chinese restaurant owners have decried as an abasement towards their cultural heritage. However, as the detrimental environmental effects of shark finning become unshrouded, amounting support of shark fin banning has brewed across the world.
|A scalloped hammerhead, a globally listed endangered species, is finned alive before being released back into the ocean.|
First class to Hong Kong, anyone?