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#1 Hum

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 00:13

HONG KONG – Shark fin traders in Hong Kong have laid out thousands of fins on rooftops in what appears to be a move to escape public scrutiny of their industry.

Thousands of the freshly cut fins were seen blanketing the roof of an industrial building in Hong Kong this week.

Environmental campaigner Gary Stokes, who took the first photos of the drying on Jan. 1, said Friday that the traders usually dried their fins on the sidewalks. He suspected that the traders went upstairs to avoid pressure from concerned passers-by.

Hong Kong is the world center of the shark fin industry, accounting for about half of global trade. Environmental campaigners, citing government statistics, say more than 10,200 metric tons of shark fin were imported into Hong Kong in 2011.

Shark fins are popular in Asia where delicacies such shark's fin soup, which is mostly tasteless, are served at special occasions such as wedding banquets. However, environmentalists say overfishing is threatening shark species.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 00:24

shark's fin soup, which is mostly tasteless

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Go through all that trouble to achieve tasteless psswater? It's so logical! Why not cook your shoesoles instead?

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 00:32

Gordon Ramsay made a TV show about this many many months ago... Including footage of him exposing all that stuff. This guy is slow. :p

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 01:24

Is there nothing asians won't eat ... :p

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 01:25

Is there nothing asians won't eat ... :p


Beef burger and chips.