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China mulls landmark ban on shark fins


Published on Jul 11, 2012

China is considering banning shark fin soup from being served at official banquets. According to Chinese state media, the State Council ban is aimed at cutting the cost of banquets held for state functions, and follows a proposal made during the National People’s Congress earlier this year. Reporting on the story, CNN quoted Bertha Lo of Hong Kong Shark Foundation as saying that the move could affect the country’s shark fin industry. “I think it will have an impact. The government in China is powerful and if it takes the lead on this issue, I don’t see why others shouldn’t follow suit,” Ms Lo said. Several hotel groups, including Swissotel and Shangri- La, have already placed a ban on shark fins in their restaurants and banqueting halls, but shark’s fin soup remains a popular item on Chinese menus. It is generally considered a ‘must’ at events such as weddings, as it  reflects the wealth of the host family.

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