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  • Dr John Wedderburn
    South China Morning Post http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1119313/drying-shark-fin-kennedy-town-roof-shows-dirty-trade-thriving Drying shark fin on
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 4, 2013
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      South China Morning Post
      http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1119313/drying-shark-fin-kennedy-town-roof-shows-dirty-trade-thriving

      Drying shark fin on Kennedy Town roof shows dirty trade is thriving
      Friday, 04 January, 2013
      By Thomas Chan thomas.chan@...

      Freshly sliced shark fins dry in the sun on the roof of a factory building
      in Kennedy Town - part of an estimated 30,000 believed to be from mako
      sharks. Environmentalists say it is proof that the widely reviled trade is
      still being conducted in the city, even though traders insist that most
      production has moved to the mainland. Photo: Sam Tsang

      A factory rooftop in Kennedy Town carpeted in thousands of freshly sliced
      shark fins is proof the trade still thrives in the region, environmentalists
      said yesterday.

      "Hong Kong people consume a lot [of shark fins], but most are dried and
      exported to mainland China," said Alex Hofford, of the Hong Kong Shark
      Foundation. "People who consume shark fin soup are greedy [because they
      ignore the animal rights issue]."

      Hong Kong is one of the world's largest markets for shark fins, which are
      used in expensive soups eaten as a prestigious delicacy at Chinese banquets.

      The estimated 30,000 fins on the building's rooftop yesterday are believed
      to be from mako sharks. Veteran trader Chan Pak-luk said they were worth
      HK$80-HK$90 per kilogram.

      During a visit to the site by the South China Morning Post, workers were
      found spreading the fins on the rooftop of the Kwong Ga Factory Building.

      "They have to be dried in the sun for at least a week," said one worker, who
      refused to be named. "They were imported from overseas countries, but I am
      not sure where exactly they are from."

      Chan, owner of the Wo Loong Ho Sharksfin Company, said it was uncommon for
      traders to dry fins on a Hong Kong rooftop, since most production had moved
      to the mainland.

      He said it was unfair for concern groups to blame China alone for the
      dwindling shark population. "Westerners have shark meat for meals
      regularly," he said. "We just consume different parts of the fish."

      Hong Kong has imported 10,000 tonnes of fins annually for the past decade,
      the environmental group WWF said.

      The International Union for Conservation of Nature said one-third of all
      shark species are threatened with extinction.
    • G. Moon
      Thanks for posting. Recently there has been number of reports on Korean media about the recent discovery of drying sharks fin on the roof of Hong Kong Kennedy
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        Thanks for posting.

        Recently there has been number of reports on Korean media about the recent
        discovery of drying sharks fin on the roof of Hong Kong Kennedy Town.

        I also found out some on- line internet site sells the sharks fin in
        Korea which is shame, this must stop.

        * A local youtube link on Sharks fin says it is originally from China-
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WpXWuAR76h8

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