Shark Fin Soup

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1. About shark fin soup The history of shark fin soup. It’s told that it was created by an emperor in the Ming Dynasty. The soup was supposed to show the power, wealth and generosity of the emperor to the banquet guests – and today serving of the dish has come to be a sign of respect. It is often served at special occasions such as wedding and important business deals, and in the Chinese culture it’s a strong virtue of “sharing your fortune”. Previous generations who emigrated and later struggled with poverty and segregation now serve the shark fin soup to show how their hard work paid of and they now are able to share that with their family. So as the standards of living improved for a lot of Chinese in the late 18th and early 19th centuries…show more content…
You can serve it with the fin either threaded or whole. The latest example is the most expensive, and the prices can go up to $2 000 per bowl. Important to add here is that the sharks fin doesn’t add any flavor to the soup, it’s strictly symbolic. The soup is also told to have an great effect on our health, a lot of Chinese enjoy it for that reason. But “unfortunately” its scientifically proven that sharks can, as avery human, get cancer and other illnesses. In Chinese, shark fin is called Yu Chi which literally translates into English as “fish wing.” This is something that has caused some confusing. Surveing has showed that 75% of Chinese werw not awere och the actual content of the soup, shark fin. The servey also showed that 19% throught that the fins grew…show more content…
The sharks predate the dinosaurs and are estimated to be 400 million years old. They can be found in various aquatic habitats and temperatures. The sharks are exceptionally important for the marine ecosystem as they control the populations of species below them. The sharks feed of fish, crustaceans, mollusks, plankton, krill, marine mammals and other sharks. A big issue regarding the slow reproduction of sharks is that they cannot keep up with the pace of the fishing. They only reach reproductive age as late as 12-15 years, and combined with the fast pace they are disappearing they are not able to recover the population. As of now 74 shark species are listed as threathened, and 11 of them are critically endendegerd, on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. 3. The price for shark fin soup To make the worlds most expensive soup, inhumane killing of sharks are happening at several places around the world, its not just focused around China. Since the shark fins are second most valuable illegal trade, after drugs , the hunting is done around the world and the fins are sent to China and other countries where the Asian traditions

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